Foveal cone involvement in retinitis pigmentosa progression assessed through psychophysical impulse response parameters

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Abstract

Purpose. To compare psychophysical impulse response parameters in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) patients and healthy controls using a temporal contrast sensitivity threshold paradigm, and to measure changes in these parameters with RP progression. Methods. Sixty-six RP patients and 10 healthy control subjects were tested, and the amplitude and timing parameters of the psychophysical impulse response function were computed through time-domain transformation under assumption of minimum-phase properties. Results/Conclusions. The initial rise time of the impulse response, t(a), was significantly lengthened in RP patients compared to controls, as was the fall time from peak to trough, t(p→t). The log peak-to-trough amplitude, log R, was significantly reduced. With disease progression, all impulse response parameters continued to move away from the normal range. Only minor distinctions according to RP pathophysiologic subtype or mode of inheritance were found, supporting the hypothesis of a common course of the secondary retinal degeneration across different RP subcategories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-255
Number of pages13
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

Keywords

  • flicker sensitivity
  • foveal psychophysics
  • retinitis pigmentosa
  • temporal processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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