Extraocular muscle proprioception and eye position

Acta Otolaryngol. 1995 Mar;115(2):137-40. doi: 10.3109/00016489509139276.


In the lamb, acute unilateral section of the ophthalmic branch induced in the ipsilateral eye occasional oscillations of the resting position and misalignment of the horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex (HVOR) with respect to the stimulus. Additional electrolytic lesion of the cells innervating the proprioceptors of the medial rectus muscle, or of the lateral rectus muscle in the contralateral semilunar ganglion, provoked a 4 degrees-7 degrees consensual eye deviation towards and away from the lesioned side, respectively. The optokinetic beating field was similarly deviated. Under these experimental conditions, HVOR showed enhanced gain and marked misalignment in both eyes. Therefore, the selective suppression of muscular proprioceptive input deviated both eyes towards the direction opposite to the muscle whose gangliar proprioceptive representation has been destroyed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Nystagmus, Optokinetic*
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiology*
  • Proprioception*
  • Reflex, Vestibulo-Ocular
  • Sheep*
  • Trigeminal Ganglion