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J Neuroophthalmol. 2014 Sep;34(3):311-4. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000133.

Dr. Airy's "morbid affection of the eyesight": lessons from Teichopsia Circa 1870.

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Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Abstract

Hubert Airy's iconic drawing of his own migraine visual aura for which he coined the term, "teichopsia," conveys important lessons for the contemporary clinician. His observations of the expansion ("build-up"), minification/magnification, and color/achromatopsia of migrainous teichopsia are consistent with (and possibly anticipatory of) the later discoveries of cortical spreading depression, cortical magnification of primary visual cortex (V1), and specialized cortical centers for color vision.

PMID:
24840023
DOI:
10.1097/WNO.0000000000000133
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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