How does a visual field test affect treatment?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Salmon Egg, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Salmon Egg

    Salmon Egg Guest

    I have had a number of visual field tests. They have shown that I have
    significant loss of vision in my left eye from central retinal vein
    occlusion. Peripheral vision in that eye is good. I have slightly elevated
    pressure in my right eye. I am supposed to get another visual field test
    during my next visit. I understand that such a test will document new
    changes in my visual field. My question is: If such a loss of field is
    discovered, how would it affect subsequent treatment?

    I am already being treated for elevated pressure in my eyes. Is that
    treatment going to be less intensive if no further loss of field is found?

    -- Fermez le Bush
    Salmon Egg, Oct 22, 2006
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    Don W Guest

    How accurate would a field test be in tracking changes in macular

    Don W.
    Don W, Oct 23, 2006
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  3. Salmon Egg

    Salmon Egg Guest

    I am being treated using Xalatan with Alphgan added because of measured
    eyeball pressure.

    With that specifically in mind, how will a visual field test finding change
    my treatment? Is the visual field test superfluous? If I have further
    reduction of field, will I be prescribed a cannabis product? :=) Is the main
    purpose to provide extra income? I am getting more paranoid as I age.

    -- Fermez le Bush
    Salmon Egg, Oct 23, 2006
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    drfrank21 Guest

    An amsler grid can be helpful in early or mild stages. Usually, in
    moderate or end stage picking up any changes with the grid
    would be more difficult. I'll always give and instruct all of my
    patients with early armd an amsler grid for them to look at it on a
    regular basis.

    drfrank21, Oct 23, 2006
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    CatmanX Guest

    In the case of ARM, the static fields are the best way to monitor
    progression. Find an OD that practices optometric phototherapy and they
    can do a more sensitive test to evaluate the central field than a field

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    CatmanX, Oct 23, 2006
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    Don W Guest

    Hope this works, have had several attempts to contact via Google Groups with
    problems. This is via Newsgroup input.

    I am speculating if changes in the field test, like in the rates of change
    from one time period to the other, would give some idea of the scotoma (gray
    spot in visual field)settling down or what?

    Don W.
    Don W, Oct 24, 2006
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