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November 1971

Lateral and Longitudinal Magnification in Direct and Indirect Ophthalmoscopy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (Dr. Enoch), and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago (Dr. Goldberg).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;86(5):536-547. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.01000010538010

Object-image relationships in a reduced schematic eye have been considered for both direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy. Certain distorting effects of lateral and longitudinal magnification in ophthalmoscopy have been defined and compared. The model described allows first order evaluation of imagery for both axial and oblique viewing of the patient's retina. Techniques have been described which allow partial evaluation of the factors developed in the text by (1) apparent projection of a fixed reference after-image located on the observer's retina, and by (2) selectively bleaching known areas on the patient's retina.

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