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Article
August 1954

ELECTRORETINOGRAPHIC STUDIES IN ARTERIAL HYPERTENSIONEffect of Reduction in Blood Pressure on Electrical Response of Human Retina

Author Affiliations

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;52(2):221-233. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920050223005
Abstract

IN RECENT years the ophthalmologist has often been confronted with the problem of arterial hypertension, as in modern therapy ophthalmoscopy is of great importance in the prognosis of the disease.

It seems to us of interest to see whether, in addition to use of the ophthalmoscopic picture, visual acuity, and visual fields in judging the retinal function, a method can be developed by which a really objective judgment of the retinal function can be obtained.

As the electrocardiogram is closely related to the metabolic condition of the retina, electroretinography offers, in our opinion, such an objective method for the examination of retinal function. The relation between the electrical response and the retinal metabolism has been discussed extensively in previous papers.* The present paper deals with the influence of reduction in blood pressure (both acute and of a longer duration) on the electrical responses of the human retina, whether this reduction

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