The effect of increasing age on the latency for saccadic eye movements

J. E. Carter, L. Obler, S. Woodward, M. L. Albert

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Abstract

The latency for saccadic eye movements to a visual stimulus was studied in 59 adults whose ages ranged from 20.7 to 79.5 years. All were free of neurologic disease and drug use. Horizontal eye movements were recorded by electrooculography and the latency from the onset of a peripheral visual stimulus to the onset of a saccadic refixation eye movement was determined. A linear regression analysis revealed a correlation between increasing age and increasing latency for saccadic refixation eye movements. The direct relationship between increasing age and increasing latency for saccadic eye movements is a factor that should be taken into account in eye-movement studies as well as other methodologies such as tachistoscopic studies in which saccadic eye movements play a role in study design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-320
Number of pages3
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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