Understanding Visual Field Test Taking

By Jeffrey Henderer, MD

The retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, is composed of receptors, “photoreceptors,” that change light energy into electrical energy.

The central area of the retina is the most sensitive to light, and we see best what is directly in front of us. The more peripheral areas of the retina are less sensitive to light, but they allow us to see, though less clearly, objects off to the side or above or below straight-ahead vision. ...

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Now That I Have Glaucoma What Can I Expect

By George L. Spaeth

“Now that I’ve been told I have glaucoma, what can I expect? ” This question has to enter the mind of every person who has just learned that he or she has glaucoma. It may be a sufficiently frightening question that the person never speaks it aloud. But it’s the sort of question that most physicians dread, because it asks for projections that are extremely difficult to make. It asks the ophthalmologist to “play God,” and, while ...

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Diagnosis of Glaucoma

By George L. Spaeth

Both patients and doctors tend to underestimate the value of diagnosis. Foremost in their minds is getting and providing effective treatment. In fact, however, the key to effective treatment of glaucoma or any disease lies in an accurate diagnosis.

“Diagnosis” sounds simple and, indeed, the meaning of the word is simple. Diagnosis means putting a descriptive label on a problem so that appropriate measures can be taken to solve it.

Unfortunately, putting the label “glaucoma” on a set of ...

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Visual Field Interpretation

Visual Field Interpretation
Chat from October 6, 2010
Guest Speaker – Dr. Michael J. Pro
Steven Beck, Editor
Lorraine Miller, Editor, Chat Topic Researcher

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Dr. Michael Pro, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Field Interpretation”.

Moderator: Tonight’s topic is “Visual Field Interpretation”. Can a diagnosis of glaucoma be made based on one visual field test and one set or eye pressures?

Dr. Pro: No. You might be surprised to ...

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Visual Field Findings

Visual Field Findings
Chat from October 7, 2009
Guest Speaker – Dr. Michael J. Pro
Steven Beck, Editor
Lorraine Miller, Editor, Chat Topic Researcher

On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Dr. Michael Pro, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Field Findings”.

Moderator: Hello Dr. Pro. Our topic this evening is Visual Field Findings. As patients, we often request copies of our visual fields. What is the one aspect we can look at to assess ...

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Visual Field Interpretation

Visual Field Interpretation
Chat from April 15, 2009
Guest Speaker – Dr. Michael J. Pro
Steven Beck, Editor
Lorraine Miller, Editor, Chat Topic Researcher

On Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 2009, Dr. Michael Pro, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Field Interpretation”.

Moderator: Welcome back Dr Pro. Tonight our topic is Visual Field (VF) Interpretation.
Are Electronic Health Records (EHR) changing how doctors interpret visual fields? Do you suspect more and more doctors are ...

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Visual Field Testing

Visual Field Testing
Chat Highlights
October 4, 2006
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, October 4, 2006, Dr. Michael James Pro, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Field Testing.”

Moderator: Welcome to chat, Dr. Pro. Thank you for joining us again. Our topic tonight is visual field testing. When is a visual field (VF) test performed?

Dr. Pro: A VF field is a routine test, usually performed at the first visit of ...

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Visual Fields & Functional Vision

Visual Fields & Functional Vision
Chat Highlights
October 26, 2005
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, October 26, 2005, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Fields & Functional Vision.”

Moderator: Many patients have a poor understanding of vision testing. For instance, some wonder why a glaucoma patient who reads 20/20 on the Snellen chart would complain about poor vision.

Dr. Rick Wilson: There are several reasons for that. One is the ...

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Blue-on-Yellow Visual Field Testing

Blue-on-Yellow Visual Field Testing
Chat Highlights
June 29, 2005
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, June 29, 2005, Dr. Rick Wilson a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Blue-on-Yellow Visual Field Testing.”

Moderator: Welcome to chat, Dr. Wilson. Tonight our topic is “Blue-on-Yellow Visual Fields.” We glaucoma patients soon learn that visual field measurement is an essential tool in glaucoma diagnosis and management. But it seems that more of us are familiar with white-on-white perimetry than ...

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Visual Field Defects

Visual Field Defects
Chat Highlights
February 4, 2004
Norma Devine, Editor

On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, Dr. Rick Wilson, a glaucoma specialist at Wills, and the glaucoma chat group discussed “Visual Field Defects.”

Moderator: Tonight the topic concerns visual field (VF) defects. Most of us know what a visual field test is, but for newcomers will you please explain what is tested?

Dr. Rick Wilson: A visual field test tests the entire range of a patient’s vision, side ...

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