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The size of the pool for bleaching adaptation in human rod vision.

  • Author(s): Cicerone, CM
  • Hayhoe, MM
  • et al.

We present new psychophysical estimates of the size of the rod pool for bleaching adaptation in the human retina. We estimate that at 5 deg nasal eccentricity in the human retina the size of the adaptation pool for rods is between 5 and 7.5 min arc. This estimate is compatible with the extent of the dendritic spread of rod bipolars located in this region of the primate retina and with the area occupied by roughly 50 rods in this parafoveal region of the human retina. Thus a candidate for the site of adaptation is the bipolar cell whose receptive field is comprised of approx. 50 rods. These estimates represents the lowest measurements to date of the size of the adaptation pool for rods.

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