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Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 127, Issue 2, pp 103–112 | Cite as

Liquid crystal display screens as stimulators for visually evoked potentials: flash effect due to delay in luminance changes

  • Celso Soiti Matsumoto
  • Kei Shinoda
  • Harue Matsumoto
  • Hideaki Funada
  • Haruka Minoda
  • Atsushi Mizota
Original Research Article

Abstract

Purpose

The cathode-ray tube (CRT) screen has recently been replaced by liquid crystal display (LCD) screens as visual stimulators for pattern-reversal visually evoked potentials (p-VEPs). The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of LCD screen to elicit p-VEPs.

Methods

The waveforms of the p-VEPs elicited by a LCD panel were compared with those elicited by a conventional CRT screen. The changes in the luminance of each screen were measured with a photodiode, and the mean luminance change was measured with a luminance meter. VEPs and electroretinograms (ERGs) were also recorded when the monitor was covered by a diffuser.

Results

The p-VEPs elicited by the LCD consisted of the N75 and P100 components of the conventional VEPs and had good reproducibility. The average latency of these components was significantly delayed by 9.8 ms for N75 and 10.2 ms for P100, and the N75-P100 amplitude was significantly larger than the conventional p-VEP elicited by the CRT screen. During the reversal phase, especially from black-to-white, the luminance of the LCD screen was transiently reduced, and it elicited a flash VEP and ERG. A reduction in the contrast of the checks minimized the transient change in the luminance, and the VEP waveform was more similar to that elicited by the CRT screen.

Conclusions

The results suggest that when an LCD monitor is used as an alternative visual stimulator to elicit p-VEPs, the delay in the luminance change and the flash effect needs to be taken into account.

Keywords

Liquid crystal display monitor Visually evoked potentials Cathode-ray tube Flash visually evoked potentials Pattern-reversal visually evoked potentials Contrast 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Support for this study was provided by Researches on Sensory and Communicative Disorders from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, Japan.

Conflict of interest

H. Funada is an employee of Tomey Corp., Japan. None of other authors has any commercial relationship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celso Soiti Matsumoto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kei Shinoda
    • 1
  • Harue Matsumoto
    • 2
  • Hideaki Funada
    • 3
  • Haruka Minoda
    • 1
  • Atsushi Mizota
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyTeikyo University School of MedicineItabashi-kuJapan
  2. 2.Matsumoto Eye ClinicTokushimaJapan
  3. 3.Engineering DepartmentTomey CorporationNagoyaJapan

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