Functional Assessment of Laser Irradiation.
Annual progress rept. Jul 78-Jun 79,
OHIO WESLEYAN UNIV DELAWARE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The use of high-resolution, chromatic targets to assess the adverse effects of laser irradiation on rhesus visual acuity provides a much more sensitive measure of the acquired visual deficits than can be observed with achromatic targets. The use of chromatic targets, however, does not appear to indicate a high degree of selectivity in terms of the visible spectrum most affected by laser exposure. This nonselective nature of the acquired deficit was also observed in our electrophysiological studies of changes in spectral sensitivity and receptive field organization following brief and prolonged laser exposures.