Pattern-onset visual evoked potentials: more useful than reversal for patients with nystagmus.

Kathryn Saunders, G Brown, D L McCulloch

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PURPOSE: The visual evoked potential is often used to assess visual function in neurologically impaired patients, a group in whom nystagmus is a common feature. Pattern-reversal stimuli are commonly used to produce visual evoked potentials in clinical practice. Previous reports have shown that this stimulus is not optimal when subjects have nystagmus. The present study aimed to compare the efficacy of pattern-onset and reversal stimuli when used to measure visual evoked potentials from subjects with idiopathic nystagmus. METHODS: In five adults with congenital nystagmus and 10 visually normal adults, VEPs were recorded and reproduced for checkerboard stimuli of two sizes (120' and 60'). Each size was presented as both pattern-onset and reversal check. RESULTS: Visually normal adults demonstrated similar visual evoked potential amplitudes and quality in response to pattern-reversal and pattern-onset. However, in the presence of nystagmus, visual evoked potentials recorded to pattern-reversal stimuli were significantly smaller and of poorer quality than those obtained to pattern-onset stimuli (analysis of variance p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-74
JournalDocumenta ophthalmologica. Advances in ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1997


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