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PATEL, NISHA BMedSci (Orthoptics); FIRTH, and ALISON Y. MScDBO(T)

Vertical Vergence Adaptation Does Improve with Practice

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Abstract/Introduction

Purpose

To investigate the effect of repeated testing on adaptation to a 2 Δ vertical prism in subjects with normal binocular single vision.

 

Methods

Subjects were required to have good visual acuity and normal binocular single vision. The residual deviation was measured after a 1-min period of adaptation to a 2 Δ vertical prism using a modified Maddox Rod technique. This measurement was repeated 10 times, with a 5-min rest period between each trial.


Conclusion/Results

Results

For eight young adult subjects, the mean residual deviation at 1 min reduced with consecutive trials, and this effect was statistically significant (p < 0.0001). No significant correlation was present between the amplitude of vertical vergence and the increase in adaptation with repeated demand.

 

Conclusions

A practice effect for vertical vergence adaptation appears to be present in young adult subjects with normal binocular single vision.


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