Spatial localization after strabismus surgery: evidence for inflow

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Science  18 Sep 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4514, pp. 1407-1409
DOI: 10.1126/science.7268444


Strabismics pointed to targets (without sight of the hand) before and again after surgery that altered the position of the deviating eye in its orbit. Patients having this surgery for the first time were able to use proprioceptively derived information about the surgically altered eye position. In contrast, patients who had similar operations, but on muscles that had been operated on one or more times in the past, were apparently deprived of this information. The important afference may be supplied by the tendon organs.