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Time Course of Dichoptic Masking in Normals and Suppression in Amblyopes

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  • Jiawei Zhou
  • Suzanne McNeal
  • Raiju J. Babu
  • Daniel H. Baker
  • William R. Bobier
  • Robert F Hess


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JournalInvestigative ophthalmology & visual science
DatePublished - Jul 2014
Issue number7
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)4098-4104
Original languageEnglish


Purpose: To better understand the relationship between dichoptic masking in normal vision and suppression in amblyopia we address three questions: First, what is the time course of dichoptic masking in normals and amblyopes? Second, is interocular suppression low-pass or band-pass in its spatial dependence? And third, in the above two regards, is dichoptic masking in normals different from amblyopic suppression?

Methods: We measured the dependence of dichoptic masking in normal controls and amblyopes on the temporal duration of presentation under three conditions; monocular (the nontested eye—i.e., dominant eye of normals or nonamblyopic eye of amblyopes, being patched), dichoptic-luminance (the nontested eye seeing a mean luminance—i.e., a DC component) and dichoptic-contrast (the nontested eye seeing high-contrast visual noise). The subject had to detect a letter in the other eye, the contrast of which was varied.

Results: We found that threshold elevation relative to the patched condition occurred in both normals and amblyopes when the nontested eye saw either 1/f or band-pass filtered noise, but not just mean luminance (i.e., there was no masking from the DC component that corresponds to a channel responsive to a spatial frequency of 0 cyc/deg); longer presentation of the target (corresponding to lower temporal frequencies) produced greater threshold elevation.

Conclusions: Dichoptic masking exhibits similar properties in both subject groups, being low-pass temporally and band-pass spatially, so that masking was greatest at the longest presentation durations and was not greatly affected by mean luminance in the nontested eye.

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Copyright 2014 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

    Research areas

  • amblyopia, suppression, dichoptic masking, spatial, temporal, presentation duration

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