The effects of ultraviolet-A radiation on visual evoked potentials in the young human eye

Britt E. Sanford, Sabrina Beacham, John P. Hanifin, Patrick Hannon, Leopold Streletz, David Sliney, George C. Brainard

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Abstract

A recent study from this laboratory using visual evoked potentials (VEPs) demonstrated that children's eyes are capable of detecting ultraviolet radiation. The aim of this study was to compare dose-response relationships in two age groups, 6-10 years (n = 10) and 20-25 years (n = 10). Under photopic viewing conditions (550 lux), exposures of monochromatic W-A (339 nm) and visible radiation (502 nm) were correlated to VEPs. The results demonstrate that monochromatic UV-A can elicit age and dose dependent responses in the human visual system, suggesting that the eyes of children are more responsive to UV stimuli than the eyes of young adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-557
Number of pages5
JournalActa Ophthalmologica Scandinavica
Volume74
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Humans
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Visual evoked potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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