Why are visual field tests important?

Initially, visual field tests help your ophthalmologist diagnose problems with your eyes, optic nerve or brain, including:
  • Loss of vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Disorders of your retina (layer of cells that lines the back of your eye)
  • Other neurologic conditions, including brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and stroke
If you are diagnosed with a particular disorder or disease such as glaucoma, visual field tests become a routine part of your treatment. After a baseline has been established, visual field testing is repeated every six to 12 months to monitor for change.
Visual field tests play a critical role in helping your ophthalmologist follow your condition. If you have any questions about visual field testing or your vision, be sure to talk with your ophthalmologist.

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