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July 1977

Simultaneous Recording of Electroretinogram and Visual Evoked Response: Focal Stimulation Under Direct Observation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research, Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation, and the Retina Associates, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(7):1205-1208. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450070103009

• A system has been tested that allows simultaneous recording of the retinal response (electroretinogram [ERG]) and the occipital response (visual evoked response [VER]) with focal photic stimulation of the retina under direct observalion of the fundus. A helium-neon gas laser is used as a stimulus source. The laser is chopped either by a pen motor or a rotating disc. The laser is attached to a biomicroscope through which the examiner can observe the fundus of the subject during the entire recording session. The optically clear contact lens is made with a flat surface that neutralizes refraction due to the cornea, thereby allowing fundus observation by microscope. Two metal wires mounted inside and outside of the lens serve as the electrode for the ERG. Graticules consisting of concentric circles and radial lines are projected onto the subject's fundus, providing a pattern that the examiner can use to determine the exact location to be stimulated in the fundus. With proper adjustment of stimulus and background illumination, local ERG and VER can be recorded simultaneously by stimulating the macula.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:1205-1208, 1977)

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