Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Eye (Lond). 1996;10 ( Pt 2):233-8.

Does stereopsis matter in humans?

Author information

  • 1Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, Imperial College School of Medicine at St. Mary's, Imperial College School of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.

Abstract

Stereopsis has been one of the most popular fields of vision research for well over a century and is routinely measured in clinical practice, yet its functional significance has been largely neglected. Stereopsis is disrupted by blur, amblyopia and strabismus and is of potential value as a means of indirect screening for visual disorders in childhood. However, evidence for the functional effects of stereoscopic deficits is sparse. Recent investigations indicate that binocularity is an advantage in certain tasks, especially in the comprehension of complex visual presentations and those requiring good hand-eye coordination. The assumption derived from the evolutionary theory that stereopsis represents an adaptation by primates to arboreal life needs to be questioned. While the functional aspects of stereopsis are still not fully understood the direction that future research should take to unravel this important issue is apparent.

PMID:
8776453
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Nature Publishing Group
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk