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Article
June 1937

SIGNIFICANCE OF RETINAL FATIGUE IN THE STUDY OF GENERAL AND NERVOUS DISEASES

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;17(6):1024-1030. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850060080007
Abstract

Within the past few years a study of the fundus oculi has become more important in its relation to the condition of the vascular system. It has been of great value for a longer period as a diagnostic and prognostic aid in many conditions affecting the general health of the patient. The purpose of our present study is to utilize the condition of the retina, perhaps the most highly specialized nerve tissue in the body, as a possible index in connection with the condition of the general nervous system of the patient.

In this connection a simple test was devised to determine the fatigability of the retina. This test in its simplest form requires little time and only a fair amount of intelligence on the part of the patient. A small black dot or circle is placed at the center of a piece of white paper. The patient,

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