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A unified formula for light-adapted pupil size

Andrew B. Watson
John I. Yellott
Journal / Anthology

Jounal of Vision
Year: 2012
Volume: 12
Issue: 10
Page range: 1-16

The size of the pupil has a large effect on visual function, and pupil size depends mainly on the adapting luminance, modulated by other factors. Over the last century, a number of formulas have been proposed to describe this dependence. Here we review seven published formulas and develop a new unified formula that incorporates the effects of luminance, size of the adapting field, age of the observer, and whether one or both eyes are adapted. We provide interactive demonstrations and software implementations of the unified formula.

*Science > Biology
*Science > Medicine