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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636883/the-effects-of-monocular-training-on-binocular-functions-in-anisometropic-amblyopia
#1
Wuli Jia, Fangfang Lan, Zhao Xin, Zhong-Lin Lu, Chang-Bing Huang, Wuxiao Zhao, Min Li
PURPOSE: It's been shown that intensive monocular perceptual learning can improve visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and vernier acuity in the amblyopic eye in adults with amblyopia. It is however not clear how much monocular training can enhance binocular visual functions. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate effects of monocular training on a variety of binocular functions. METHODS: Nineteen anisometropic amblyopes (18.5±1.26 yrs) were trained in a grating contrast detection task near each individual's cutoff spatial frequency for 6 to 10 days (630 trials/day)...
June 18, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619516/the-inner-blood-retinal-barrier-cellular-basis-and-development
#2
Mónica Díaz-Coránguez, Carla Ramos, David A Antonetti
The blood-retinal barrier (BRB) regulates transport across retinal capillaries maintaining proper neural homeostasis and protecting the neural tissue from potential blood borne toxicity. Loss of the BRB contributes to the pathophysiology of a number of blinding retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy. In this review, we address the basis of the BRB, including the molecular mechanisms that regulate flux across the retinal vascular bed. The routes of transcellular and paracellular flux are described as well as alterations in these pathways in response to permeabilizing agents in diabetes...
June 12, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619515/dynamic-accommodation-without-feedback-does-not-respond-to-isolated-blur-cues
#3
José J Esteve-Taboada, Antonio J Del Águila-Carrasco, Paula Bernal-Molina, Norberto López-Gil, Robert Montés-Micó, Philip Kruger, Iván Marín-Franch
The aim of this study was to determine whether dynamic accommodation responds to isolated blur cues without feedback, and without changes in the distance of the object. Nine healthy subjects aged 21 to 40 years were recruited. Four different aberration patterns were used as stimuli to induce blur: (1) the eye's natural, uncorrected, optical aberrations, (2) all aberrations corrected, (3) spherical aberration only, and (4) astigmatism only. The stimulus was a video animation based on computer-generated images of a monochromatic Maltese cross...
June 12, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614726/visual-sensitivity-for-luminance-and-chromatic-stimuli-during-the-execution-of-smooth-pursuit-and-saccadic-eye-movements
#4
Doris I Braun, Alexander C Schütz, Karl R Gegenfurtner
Visual sensitivity is dynamically modulated by eye movements. During saccadic eye movements, sensitivity is reduced selectively for low-spatial frequency luminance stimuli and largely unaffected for high-spatial frequency luminance and chromatic stimuli (Nature 371 (1994), 511-513). During smooth pursuit eye movements, sensitivity for low-spatial frequency luminance stimuli is moderately reduced while sensitivity for chromatic and high-spatial frequency luminance stimuli is even increased (Nature Neuroscience, 11 (2008), 1211-1216)...
June 11, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601429/oct-angiography-and-visible-light-oct-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#5
Peter L Nesper, Brian T Soetikno, Hao F Zhang, Amani A Fawzi
In recent years, advances in optical coherence tomography (OCT) techniques have increased our understanding of diabetic retinopathy, an important microvascular complication of diabetes. OCT angiography is a non-invasive method that visualizes the retinal vasculature by detecting motion contrast from flowing blood. Visible-light OCT shows promise as a novel technique for quantifying retinal hypoxia by measuring the retinal oxygen delivery and metabolic rates. In this article, we discuss recent insights provided by these techniques into the vascular pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy...
June 7, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601428/vegf-production-and-signaling-in-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-are-critical-to-modulating-vascular-function-and-neuronal-integrity-in-diabetic-retinopathy-and-hypoxic-retinal-vascular-diseases
#6
Yun-Zheng Le
Müller glia (MG) are major retinal supporting cells that participate in retinal metabolism, function, maintenance, and protection. During the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a neurovascular disease and a leading cause of blindness, MG modulate vascular function and neuronal integrity by regulating the production of angiogenic and trophic factors. In this article, I will (1) briefly summarize our work on delineating the role and mechanism of MG-modulated vascular function through the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and on investigating VEGF signaling-mediated MG viability and neural protection in diabetic animal models, (2) explore the relationship among VEGF and neurotrophins in protecting Müller cells in in vitro models of diabetes and hypoxia and its potential implication to neuroprotection in DR and hypoxic retinal diseases, 7and (3) discuss the relevance of our work to the effectiveness and safety of long-term anti-VEGF therapies, a widely used strategy to combat DR, diabetic macular edema, neovascular age-related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, and other hypoxic retinal vascular disorders...
June 7, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571701/adaptation-effects-in-grasping-the-m%C3%A3-ller-lyer-illusion
#7
Karl K Kopiske, Evan Cesanek, Carlo Campagnoli, Fulvio Domini
Recent results have shown that effects of pictorial illusions in grasping may decrease over the course of an experiment. This can be explained as an effect of sensorimotor learning if we consider a pictorial size illusion as simply a perturbation of visually perceived size. However, some studies have reported very constant illusion effects over trials. In the present paper, we apply an error-correction model of adaptation to experimental data of N=40 participants grasping the Müller-Lyer illusion. Specifically, participants grasped targets embedded in incremental and decremental Müller-Lyer illusion displays in (1) the same block in pseudo-randomised order, and (2) separate blocks of only one type of illusion each...
June 6, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545983/feedback-from-higher-to-lower-visual-areas-for-visual-recognition-may-be-weaker-in-the-periphery-glimpses-from-the-perception-of-brief-dichoptic-stimuli
#8
Li Zhaoping
Eye movements bring attended visual inputs to the center of vision for further processing. Thus, central and peripheral vision should have different functional roles. Here, we use observations of visual perception under dichoptic stimuli to infer that there is a difference in the top-down feedback from higher brain centers to primary visual cortex. Visual stimuli to the two eyes were designed such that the sum and difference of the binocular input from the two eyes have the form of two different gratings. These gratings differed in their motion direction, tilt direction, or color, and duly evoked ambiguous percepts for the corresponding feature...
June 6, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583293/cell-cell-communication-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#9
Sayon Roy, Dongjoon Kim, Remington Lim
In diabetic retinopathy, high glucose (HG)-mediated breakdown in cell-cell communication promotes disruption of retinal homeostasis. Several studies indicate that HG condition alters expression of connexin genes and subsequent gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in retinal vascular cells and non-vascular cells. A serious consequence of disrupted cell-cell communication is apoptosis and breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). More recently, studies suggest adverse effects from HG on retinal Müller cells...
June 2, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571700/diabetic-retinopathy-and-dysregulated-innate-immunity
#10
Heping Xu, Mei Chen
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the progressive degeneration of retinal blood vessels and neurons. Inflammation is known to play an important role in the pathogenesis of DR. During diabetes, metabolic disorder leads to the release of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) both in the retina and elsewhere in the body. The innate immune system provides the first line of defense against the DAMPs. In the early stages of DR when the blood retinal barrier (BRB) is intact, retinal microglia and the complement system are activated at low levels...
June 2, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438679/a-proposal-for-early-and-personalized-treatment-of-diabetic-retinopathy-based-on-clinical-pathophysiology-and-molecular-phenotyping
#11
Thomas W Gardner, Jeffrey M Sundstrom
This paper presents a new approach to the prevention and treatment of early stage diabetic retinopathy before vision is severely impaired. This approach includes two major steps. The first step is to understand the mechanisms of vision impairment and classify diabetic retinopathy on the basis of pathophysiologic adaptations, rather than on the presence of advanced pathologic lesions, as defined by current clinical practice conventions. The second step is to develop patient-specific molecular diagnoses of diabetic retinopathy so that patients can be treated based on their individual characteristics, a process analogous to the individualized diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients...
June 2, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545981/the-role-of-dyslipidemia-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#12
Sandra S Hammer, Julia V Busik
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) affects over 93million people worldwide and is the number one cause of blindness among working age adults. These indicators coupled with the projected rise of patients diagnosed with diabetes, makes DR a serious and prevalent vision threating disease. Data from recent clinical trials demonstrate that in addition to the well accepted role of hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia is an important, but often overlooked factor in the development of DR. The central aim of this review article is to showcase the critical role of dyslipidemia in DR progression as well as highlight novel therapeutic solutions that take advantage of the vital roles lipid metabolism plays in DR progression...
May 26, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551362/an-evaluation-of-different-measures-of-color-saturation
#13
Florian Schiller, Matteo Valsecchi, Karl R Gegenfurtner
We investigated how well seven saturation measures defined in CIECAM02, HSV, DKL, LAB, LUV, and CIE 1931 xyY color spaces correspond to human perception of saturation. We used a paradigm that allowed us to measure the perceived saturation of several standard color stimuli in many different directions of color space. We implemented this paradigm at different levels of luminance and varied background luminance relative to the luminance of our color stimuli in order to ensure the generality of our approach. We found that varying background luminance changed the relative saturation of the standard colors...
May 24, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549921/two-representations-of-a-high-dimensional-perceptual-space
#14
Jonathan D Victor, Syed M Rizvi, Mary M Conte
A perceptual space is a mental workspace of points in a sensory domain that supports similarity and difference judgments and enables further processing such as classification and naming. Perceptual spaces are present across sensory modalities; examples include colors, faces, auditory textures, and odors. Color is perhaps the best-studied perceptual space, but it is atypical in two respects. First, the dimensions of color space are directly linked to the three cone absorption spectra, but the dimensions of generic perceptual spaces are not as readily traceable to single-neuron properties...
May 23, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545982/canonical-wnt-signaling-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#15
Qian Chen, Jian-Xing Ma
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common eye complication of diabetes, and the pathogenic mechanism of DR is still under investigation. The canonical Wnt signaling pathway is an evolutionarily conserved pathway that plays fundamental roles in embryogenesis and adult tissue homeostasis. Wnt signaling regulates expression of multiple genes that control retinal development and eye organogenesis, and dysregulated Wnt signaling plays pathophysiological roles in many ocular diseases, including DR. This review highlights recent progress in studies of Wnt signaling in DR...
May 22, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539261/g-protein-coupled-receptor-91-signaling-in-diabetic-retinopathy-and-hypoxic-retinal-diseases
#16
Jianyan Hu, Tingting Li, Xinhua Du, Qiang Wu, Yun-Zheng Le
G protein-coupled receptor 91 (GPR91) is a succinate-specific receptor and activation of GPR91 could initiate a complex signal transduction cascade and upregulate inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. In the retina, GPR91 is predominately expressed in ganglion cells, a major cellular entity involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and other hypoxic retinal diseases. During the development of DR and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), chronic hypoxia causes an increase in the levels of local succinate...
May 21, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535994/diabetic-choroidopathy
#17
Gerard A Lutty
Early histopathological studies of diabetic choroids demonstrated loss of choriocapillaris (CC), tortuous blood vessels, microaneurysms, drusenoid deposits on Bruchs membrane, and choroidal neovascularization. The preponderance of histopathological changes were at and beyond equator. Studies from my lab suggest that diabetic choroidopathy is an inflammatory disease in that leukocyte adhesion molecules are elevated in the choroidal vasculature and polymorphonuclear neutrophils are often associated with sites of vascular loss...
May 20, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502775/on-the-functional-order-of-binocular-rivalry-and-blind-spot-filling-in
#18
Cheng S Qian, Jan W Brascamp, Taosheng Liu
Binocular rivalry is an important phenomenon for understanding the mechanisms of visual awareness. Here we assessed the functional locus of binocular rivalry relative to blind spot filling-in, which is thought to transpire in V1, thus providing a reference point for assessing the locus of rivalry. We conducted two experiments to explore the functional order of binocular rivalry and blind spot filling-in. Experiment 1 examined if the information filled-in at the blind spot can engage in rivalry with a physical stimulus at the corresponding location in the fellow eye...
May 19, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456533/paradoxical-perception-of-object-identity-in-visual-motion
#19
Aleksandra Zharikova, Sergei Gepshtein, Cees van Leeuwen
In the course of perceptual organization, incomplete optical stimulation can evoke the experience of complete objects with distinct perceptual identities. According to a well-known principle of perceptual organization, stimulus parts separated by shorter spatial distances are more likely to appear as parts of the same perceptual identity. Whereas this principle of proximity has been confirmed in many studies of perceptual grouping in static displays, we show that it does not generalize to perception of object identity in dynamic displays, where the parts are separated by spatial and temporal distances...
May 12, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427890/attentive-pointing-in-natural-scenes-correlates-with-other-measures-of-attention
#20
Daniel M Jeck, Michael Qin, Howard Egeth, Ernst Niebur
Finger pointing is a natural human behavior frequently used to draw attention to specific parts of sensory input. Since this pointing behavior is likely preceded and/or accompanied by the deployment of attention by the pointing person, we hypothesize that pointing can be used as a natural means of providing self-reports of attention and, in the case of visual input, visual salience. We here introduce a new method for assessing attentional choice by asking subjects to point to and tap the first place they look at on an image appearing on an electronic tablet screen...
May 8, 2017: Vision Research
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