Eye movements in visual impairment

Vision Res. 2023 Oct:211:108296. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2023.108296. Epub 2023 Jul 26.


This Special Issue describes the impact of visual impairment on visuomotor function. It includes contributions that examine gaze control in conditions associated with abnormal visual development such as amblyopia, dyslexia and neurofibromatosis as well as disorders associated with field loss later in life, such as macular degeneration and stroke. Specifically, the papers address both gaze holding (fixation), and gaze-following behavior (single saccades, sequences of saccades and smooth-pursuit) that characterize active vision in daily life and evaluate the influence of both pathological and simulated field loss. Several papers address the challenges to reading and visual search; describing how the patterns of eye movements in these real-world tasks adapt to visual impairment and highlighting how they could serve as diagnostic markers of visuomotor function.

Keywords: Amblyopia; Central field loss; Dyslexia; Fixation; Hemianopia; Macular degeneration; Neurofibromatosis; Reading; Saccades; Simulated vision loss; Smooth pursuit; Visual search.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Amblyopia*
  • Eye Movements
  • Humans
  • Pursuit, Smooth
  • Saccades
  • Vision, Low*
  • Vision, Ocular