Electrophysiological responses of the retina and visual cortex to a series of grating stimuli (6-768 minutes of arc) were recorded in seven sessions using normal beagles, 21 sessions using beagles afflicted with inherited ocular hypertension, and 12 sessions using rhesus monkeys. A 15 degrees field centred around the animal's area centralis or fovea was used to stimulate the central retina. A 30 degrees field, centred on the same spot, was then used to stimulate the larger area. Two recording series were completed on each animal, with both field sizes presented in each recording session. The first recording took place 30 minutes after and the second 2 hours after the injection of thiamylal sodium. Only the signals from the toroidal 15 degrees of the retina of the hypertensive dogs were remarkably larger during the second recording (p = 0.001). No significant differences were found between the two recordings from the retinas of normal dogs or monkeys, nor were there any significant differences between the two recordings from above the cortex in any group. Several hypotheses are proposed to explain the basis for the interaction of thiamylal with the more peripheral retinal function in clinically glaucomatous dogs.
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