This experiment studied normal adults, normal children, and corrected strabismics with alternating fixation, evaluating their ability to detect information presented to one eye under viewing conditions which might affect their eye preference. An apparatus was used which allowed unconstrained, binocular viewing of a video monitor, but in which the image seen by one eye was blurred while that seen by the other eye was in sharp focus. Under these viewing conditions, subjects were asked to identify a sharply focused letter which was shown briefly to the eye which was seeing the blurred background image or to the one which was watching the well-focused image. The question was whether there would be general suppression of the eye that was shown a degraded background, causing a reduction in its ability to process other information being presented. The results indicate no performance penalty for children, a mild decrement in recognition accuracy for normal adults, and a severe deficit in the ability of corrected strabismics to attend to the eye which views a blurred image. These results suggest that the loss of binocular vision that accompanies childhood strabismus is not a result of an inherent sensitivity to blurring, insofar as such vulnerability is reflected by these acute testing conditions.