Asymmetrical growth of the photopic hill during the light adaptation effect

Marie-Lou Garon, Marianne Rufiange, Ruth Hamilton, Daphne L. McCulloch, Pierre Lachapelle

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In response to progressively stronger flashes delivered against a rod saturating background light, the amplitude of the photopic ERG b-wave first increases, reaches a maximal value (V max) and then decreases gradually to a plateau where the amplitude of the b-wave equals that of the a-wave, a phenomenon known as the photopic hill (PH). The purpose of this study was to investigate how the PH grew during the course of the light adaptation (LA) process that follows a period of dark adaptation (DA): the so-called light adaptation effect (LAE). Photopic ERG (time-integrated) luminance-response (LR) functions were obtained prior to (control-fully light adapted) and at 0, 5 and 10 min of LA following a 30-min period of DA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-187
Number of pages11
JournalDocumenta Opthalmologica
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • optics
  • optometry
  • vision sciences


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