Color Perimetry of Glaucomatous Visual Field Defects

William M. Hart, Mae O. Gordon

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A color video tangent screen has been devised, using microcomputer control of a video display to produce colored perimetric test objects matched in luminance to a white surround at 10-foot lamberts. Perimetric isopters for varying degrees of color saturation were determined by kinetic perimetry. This form of color perimetry was used to examine one eye of each of 40 patients with open-angle glaucoma as well as 20 glaucoma-suspect patients. For the first 23 eyes with manifest glaucomatous visual field defects, a masked comparison was made between the results of color perimetry and conventional perimetry with a Goldmann perimeter. For these 23 eyes, color perimetry did as well as luminance perimetry in 14, was less sensitive in 2, and was more sensitive in 7. All defects that were detectable by conventional perimetry were successfully demonstrated by the color method. Such defects often appeared to be greater in extent when mapped by the color method as compared to conventional luminance perimetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-346
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984


  • color
  • glaucoma
  • perimetry
  • visual field


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