How useful are contrast sensitivity charts in optometric practice? Case reports

Optom Vis Sci. 1992 May;69(5):378-85. doi: 10.1097/00006324-199205000-00007.


There are now a number of commercially available contrast sensitivity (CS) charts for clinical use. Although a great deal has been written about CS, there is little information regarding its usefulness in optometric practice. In this study 3 commercially available charts (the Vistech system, Pelli-Robson, and Cambridge charts) were used by 6 optometrists in clinical practice over a 14-month period. This report includes a review of the research literature on clinical CS testing, and contains case records from the in-practice study which indicate situations in which the measurement of CS proved useful.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Contrast Sensitivity*
  • Eye Diseases / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Optometry*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Vision Tests / methods*
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Fields