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Understanding the test types

Dr Lindsay Rountree introduces the most frequently used visual field tests in routine practice

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It is easy to get into the habit of using one type of visual field test, but each type of programme is designed for a different purpose. The optometrist will consider the pros and cons of each test when deciding on the most suitable one to use for a particular patient. It is a good idea to try the different options on the field screener(s) in practice, which can help when explaining the test to the patient. Here, we will outline the commonly used types of test.

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