light adaptation

noun Ophthalmology.

the reflex adaptation of the eye to bright light, consisting of an increase in the number of functioning cones, accompanied by a decrease in the number of functioning rods (opposed to dark adaptation).

Origin of light adaptation

First recorded in 1895–1900
Related formslight-a·dapt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

light adaptation in Medicine

light adaptation


The adjustment of the eye under increased illumination, in which the sensitivity to light is reduced.photopic adaptation
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