Humans use rapid gaze shifts, known as saccades, to explore visual scenes . These movements yield abrupt luminance changes on the retina, which elicit robust neural discharges at fixation onsets . Yet little is known about the spatial content of saccade transients . Here, we show that saccades redistribute spatial information within the temporal range of retinal sensitivity following two distinct regimes: saccade modulations counterbalance (whiten) the spectral density of natural scenes at low spatial frequencies and follow the external power distribution at higher frequencies . This redistribution is a consequence of saccade dynamics, particularly the speed/amplitude/duration relation known as the main sequence . It resembles the redistribution resulting from inter-saccadic eye drifts, revealing a continuum in the modulations given by different eye movements, with oculomotor transitions primarily acting by regulating the bandwidth of whitening . Our findings suggest important computational roles for saccade transients in the establishment of spatial representations and lead to testable predictions about their consequences for visual functions and encoding mechanisms.