Visual field tests are used to detect areas or reduced sensitivity, which could be a sign of disease in the eye, the nerves going to the brain or that part of the brain involved in vision.   The most common cause of a visual field defect is glaucoma, which is a disease that damages the nerves going to the brain.  Brain tumors and strokes also can cause visual field defects.

Our office recently purchased a Haage-Streit Octopus Perimeter.  This is the the newest and best visual field testor available.  It detects disease earlier than previous testors and is much easier for patients.  Unlike other test methods that challenge patients with difficult questions,  this instrument is much easier for patients.

 

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