Effects of exposure to simulated altitudes on visual fields, contrast sensitivity, and dazzle recovery

Keng Hung Maurice Yap, L. F. Garner, S. Legg, J. Faris

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Previous studies have shown that visual performance may be impaired at altitudes above 12,000 ft when supplementary oxygen is not used. What is not known is whether there may be subtle changes in visual function at altitudes to which airline cabins are usually pressurized. In this study, we measured spatial and temporal contrast sensitivity, central visual field thresholds, and macular photostress recovery time in 12 male subjects at sea level and at simulated altitudes of 7000 ft and 12,000 ft. Our results showed insignificant changes in spatial and temporal contrast sensitivity, central visual field thresholds and dazzle recovery time with respect to simulated altitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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