Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 112, Issue 3, pp 189–199 | Cite as

Multifocal Visual Evoked Responses to Dichoptic Stimulation Using Virtual Reality Goggles: Multifocal VER to Dichoptic Stimulation

  • Hemamalini Arvind
  • Alexander Klistorner
  • Stuart L. Graham
  • John R. Grigg
Article

Abstract

Multifocal visual evoked potentials (mfVEPs) have demonstrated good diagnostic capabilities in glaucoma and optic neuritis. This study aimed at evaluating the possibility of simultaneously recording mfVEP for both eyes with dichoptic stimulation using virtual reality goggles and also to determine the stimulus characteristics that yield maximum amplitude. ten healthy volunteers were recruited and temporally sparse pattern pulse stimuli were presented dichoptically using virtual reality goggles. Experiment 1 involved recording responses to dichoptically presented checkerboard stimuli and also confirming true topographic representation by switching off specific segments. Experiment 2 involved monocular stimulation and comparison of amplitude with Experiment 1. In Experiment 3, orthogonally oriented gratings were dichoptically presented. Experiment 4 involved dichoptic presentation of checkerboard stimuli at different levels of sparseness (5.0 times/s, 2.5 times/s, 1.66 times/s and 1.25 times/s), where stimulation of corresponding segments of two eyes were separated by 16.7, 66.7,116.7 & 166.7 ms respectively. Experiment 1 demonstrated good traces in all regions and confirmed topographic representation. However, there was suppression of amplitude of responses to dichoptic stimulation by 17.9±5.4% compared to monocular stimulation. Experiment 3 demonstrated similar suppression between orthogonal and checkerboard stimuli (p = 0.08). Experiment 4 demonstrated maximum amplitude and least suppression (4.8%) with stimulation at 1.25 times/s with 166.7 ms separation between eyes. It is possible to record mfVEP for both eyes during dichoptic stimulation using virtual reality goggles, which present binocular simultaneous patterns driven by independent sequences. Interocular suppression can be almost eliminated by using a temporally sparse stimulus of 1.25 times/s with a separation of 166.7 ms between stimulation of corresponding segments of the two eyes.

Keywords

binocular dichoptic electrophysiology interocular suppression sparse VEP 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hemamalini Arvind
    • 1
  • Alexander Klistorner
    • 1
  • Stuart L. Graham
    • 1
  • John R. Grigg
    • 1
  1. 1.Save Sight Institute, Sydney Eye HospitalUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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