[Conventional perimetry I: introduction--basics]

Ophthalmologe. 2005 Jun;102(6):627-44; quiz 645-6. doi: 10.1007/s00347-005-1189-3.
[Article in German]


Evaluation of visual field findings is an essential ophthalmological task. Applying psychophysical principles enables non-invasive (topo-)diagnostics in case of unexplained visual loss or suspected lesions of the visual pathways. Furthermore, any kind of expert opinion or ability test depends critically on adequate visual field findings. Repeated examinations allow the functional follow-up of a disease and judgement of therapeutic efficiency. This paper is explicitly focused on conventional strategies of visual field examination, since these are widespread, easily accessible, standardized and well established in everyday practice. Part 1 of this continuing education series will mainly impart basic concepts in perimetry and psychophysics. It will also consider indications and the necessary general setup of a perimetric examination. Furthermore, a concept of scotoma classification is explained.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ocular Physiological Phenomena*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Scotoma / diagnosis*
  • Scotoma / physiopathology*
  • Visual Field Tests / methods*
  • Visual Fields*
  • Visual Perception*