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Dr Robert Cubbidge & Richard Edwards (13:51)

Visual field assessment is a common eye examination performed to enable us to map out a patient’s visual field, and determine the presence of any blind spots that might indicate a variety of eye diseases, as well as other conditions such as a brain tumour or stroke.  There are many ways to perform the test, ranging from manual techniques to systematic automated perimetry, with each refinement attempting to improve the sensitivity of the test. Dr Robert Cubbidge is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, Birmingham, where he divides his time between teaching and conducting research on visual fields. Here, he talks through the different assessment techniques, and the benefits and limitations of each, with Richard Edwards.

First published in DOCET OQ90 (2014).

    More information and references


    • Cubbidge RP. 2005. Eye Essentials: Visual Fields. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, Edinburgh.
    • Cubbidge RP. 2003. Frequency doubling and short-wavelength automated perimetry: in Investigative techniques and ocular examination. Eds: Doshi S. & Harvey W. Butterworth-Heinemann. 97 – 102.
    • Seiple W, et al. 2012. The physics and psychophysics of microperimetry. Optom Vis Sci. 89 (8), 1182 – 1191.
    • Zeppieri N, et al. 2010. Pulsar perimetry in the diagnosis of early glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 149 (1), 102 – 112.
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