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A study of the Stiles-Crawford (S-C) function at 35° in the temporal field and the stability of the foveal S-C function peak over time

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Abstract

Directional sensitivity of the retina (the Stiles-Crawford function of the first kind) was measured at a point 35° from fixation and at the point of fixation. Three normal observers were used. The peripheral test point intercepted the retina between the optic nerve head and the ora serrata. At both test points, photopic and scotopic (one subject) Stiles-Crawford function peaks were contained within the pupillary bound and approximated the center of the pupil. Directionality at the two points was rather similar. These findings add strength to the argument that retinal receptors align approximately with the center of the exit pupil of the eye. Evidence for stability in Stiles-Crawford peak location in time is also presented.

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