Kat Bako

Human Adaptation to Simulated Central Vision Loss

This summer, I’ll be conducting a study with the Sight Enhancement Lab at Berkeley that simulates the type of vision loss associated with macular degeneration, and tracks how human subjects with normal vision adapt to simulated central vision loss. We use a gaze-contingent display to present a gray circle on a computer monitor that moves with the subject’s eyes, thus blocking out visual information on the display according to where they are looking. Subjects wear a head-mounted binocular eye tracker that follows and records gaze positions continuously. Our interest is to track, over time, how humans adapt to central vision loss by adopting a preferred peripheral location as their new reference of vision.

Message to Sponsor

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to continue researching with SELAB this summer. Working with Dr. Chung has been an enlightening experience so far and I’m thrilled to continue researching and learning more about vision loss and the field of optometry.
  • Major: Molecular Environmental Biology
  • Mentor: Susana Chung, School of Optometry