Absence of subcortical pathway optokinetic eye movements in an infant with cortical blindness

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Abstract

Tracking of large visual targets by normal neonates and by infants with visual cortex damage has led to the suggestion that infants use subcortical vision to guide visuomotor behaviors. To test this assertion, the author recorded eye movements in a five-month-old infant who became cortically-blind following an anoxic episode. Use of a full-field, high-contrast visual stimulus failed to elicit any evidence of optokinetic nystagmus. The findings in this infant lead to the conclusion that retinotectal visual inputs are incapable of driving eye movements in the young human in the absence of cortical vision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalStrabismus
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

Keywords

  • Blindsight
  • Occipital lobe
  • Pursuit
  • Visual cortex
  • Visually-evoked potentials

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