Intensified visual clutter induces increased sympathetic signalling, poorer postural control, and faster torsional eye movements during visual rotation

Autoři: Tobias Wibble aff001;  Ulrika Södergård aff001;  Frank Träisk aff001;  Tony Pansell aff001
Působiště autorů: Division of Ophthalmology and Vision, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Marianne Bernadotte Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden aff001;  St Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


Many dizzy patients express a hypersensitivity to visual motion and clutter. This study aims to investigate how exposure to rotating visual clutter affects ocular torsion, vertical skewing, body-sway, the autonomic pupillary response, and the subjective feeling of discomfort to the stimulation. Sixteen healthy subjects were exposed to 20 seconds rotational visual stimulation (72 deg/s; 50 deg visual field). Visual stimuli were comprised of black lines on a white background, presented at low and high intensity levels of visual clutter, holding 19 lines and 38 lines respectively. Ocular torsion and vertical skewing were recorded using the Chronos Eye Tracker, which also measured pupil size as a reflection of the autonomic response. Postural control was evaluated by measuring body-sway area on the Wii Balance Board. Values were compared to data retrieved 20 seconds before and after the optokinetic stimulation, as subjects viewed the stationary visual scene. The high intensity stimulus resulted in significantly higher torsional velocities. Subjects who were exposed to low intensity first exhibited higher velocities for both intensities. Both pupil size and body sway increased for the higher intensity to both the moving and stationary visual scene, and were positively correlated to torsional velocity. In conclusion, exposure to visual clutter was reflected in the eye movement response, changes in postural control, and the autonomic response. This response may hold clinical utility when assessing patients suffering from visual motion hypersensitivity, while also providing some context as to why some healthy people feel discomfort in visually cluttered surroundings.

Klíčová slova:

Balance and falls – Eye movements – Hypersensitivity – Motion – Postural control – Pupil – Vertigo – Vision


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