CPD: Visual fields

The patient and the visual field test

Dr Lindsay Rountree discusses making the patient’s experience of visual field testing a positive one

Lady on visual fields machine
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A recent study confirmed what practitioners have long suspected – that patients dislike doing visual field tests. In comparison with other clinical tests, such as visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and retinal imaging, patients perceive visual field tests to be old-fashioned and tedious. Likewise, practitioners can find visual field tests to be challenging, as results can be difficult to interpret, and the test may need to be repeated for an accurate diagnosis.

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