A visual field test is a subjective measure of central and peripheral vision to help detect or track vision loss. This test is used by your eye doctor – ophthalmologist or optometrist – in conjunction with other measures to diagnose and monitor for glaucoma.
At first, vision loss due to glaucoma is almost unnoticeable, affecting an individual’s side or peripheral vision. Without regular visual field tests, a person can lose as much as 40% of his or her vision before ever noticing a change. This is why nearly half of the more than 70 million people suffer from glaucoma are completely unaware they have the eye disease. This is also why regular, comprehensive eye exams are so very important. With no cure for glaucoma, a person’s best chance to protect their vision comes with early detection and treatment.
If glaucoma is diagnosed using the visual field test, your eye doctor will then use the test help calculate the severity of the disease and track future vision loss. This will be done every 3-12 months depending on the severity of the glaucoma.
Visual Field Tests & Compressive Eye Exams at Anne Arundel Eye Center
Led by Dr. Samuel Boles, the Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts and other eye diseases, offering complete ophthalmic exams as well as diagnostic pre and post-surgical eye care. Dr. Boles and his staff have helped restore and preserve thousands of patients’ vision.
“I treat my patients the way I want to be treated when I see a doctor.” – Dr. Sam Boles
To learn more about the Visual Field Tests & Glaucoma Treatment, please contact board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010 or click here to visit AnneArundelEyeCenter.com. Staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals, our state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.
- Why Do I Need a Visual Field Test? By Anna C. Momont, MD and Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH