Abstract

With certain (but not all) vernier acuity (VeA) stimulus displays observers exhibit no or slight performance decrements with aging. Because three-point VeA test displays are much more easily applied experimentally and clinically, we examined visual performance on this task as a function of age. Ages of groups tested ranged from 20 to 70+ years (some individuals were 90+ years old). Eyes were examined monocularly. We tested three- and two-point sharply defined VeA arrays and a three-point ground-glass-degraded display (simulating a 20/100 nuclear cataract). Gap or feature separations were varied. Results obtained with the three-point display showed little alteration with age. Image degradation resulted in reduction in performance when small gap separations were used between the test points, but only slight decrements for large gap separations were recorded. The finding that performance with certain VeA targets is largely unaffected by age is confirmed and is expanded.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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