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Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1994 Jul;14(3):298-301.

Reduction in stereoacuity with age and reduced retinal illuminance.

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Department of Optometry, University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Stereoacuity has been reported to decrease significantly in the seventh decade of life. Could this decrease be due to a reduction of retinal illuminance in the ageing eye? In this study, we used a more rigorous psychophysical procedure than that used previously, on 35 subjects, aged 21-67 years, to determine if the reported effect of age on stereoacuity could be replicated. We also compared the stereoacuity of 15 healthy young adults under normal and reduced retinal illuminance. A forced-choice algorithm was used to improve the accuracy of measurements. Results suggest that the reduced retinal illuminance resulting from normal ageing is not the cause of the decreased stereoacuity found with ageing.

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