light-adapted eye


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light-a·dapt·ed eye

an eye that has been exposed to light, with bleaching of rhodopsin (visual purple) and insensitivity to low illumination.
Synonym(s): photopic eye

light-adapted eye

Etymology: AS, leoht + L, adaptatio + AS, eage
an eye that has been exposed to bright light long enough for chemical and physiological changes to take place, such as bleaching of the rhodopsin or visual purple. The loss of cone sensitivity to light may require increased light intensity to obtain the same degree of visual acuity. Also called photopic eye.

light-a·dapt·ed eye

(līt-ă-dap'tĕd ī)
An eye that has been exposed to light, with bleaching of rhodopsin (visual purple) and insensitivity to low illumination.
Synonym(s): photopic eye.

light-adapted eye

An eye that has become adjusted to viewing objects in bright light; one adapted for phototic, or cone, vision. In this type of eye, most rhodopsin has broken down.
See also: eye