Effect of Viewing Distance on the Vestibuloocular Reflex in Central Field Loss



Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can often lead to the loss of the fovea and the surrounding central visual field. This type of visual loss is extremely common (affecting nearly 7% of individuals over 40 in the United states alone (Klein et al. 2011), and are associated with an increase in vestibular complaints. In fact, two thirds of patients with central field loss (CFL) complain of dizziness and instability, and have an increased rate of falls, injury, oscillopsia, and a fear of falling. For certain tasks, individuals develop a new, eccentric fixational area – the preferred retinal