Alternate Names : Perimetry, Tangent screen exam, Automated perimetry exam, Goldmann visual field exam, Humphrey visual field exam
The visual field refers to the total area in which objects can be seen in the side (peripheral) vision while you focus your eyes on a central point.
Why is the Test Performed?
This eye exam will reveal if you have a loss of peripheral vision and help your doctor diagnose the cause.
How is the Test Performed?
Confrontation visual field exam: This is a quick and basic check of the visual field. The health care provider sits directly in front of you. You will cover one eye, and stare straight ahead with the other. You will be asked to tell when you can see the examiner's hand.
Tangent screen or Goldmann field exam: You will sit about 3 feet from a screen with a target in the center. You will be asked to stare at the center object and let the examiner know when you can see an object that moves into your side vision. This exam creates a map of your entire peripheral vision.
Automated perimetry: You sit in front of a concave dome and stare at an object in the middle. You press a button when you see small flashes of light in your peripheral vision. Your responses help determine if you have a defect in your visual field.
How to Prepare for the Test?
No special preparation is necessary.
How will the Test Feel?
There is no discomfort with this test.
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