Evaluation of a clinical glare test based on estimation of intraocular light scatter

Optom Vis Sci. 1991 Nov;68(11):881-7. doi: 10.1097/00006324-199111000-00009.


A glare test based on psychophysical estimation of intraocular light scatter and using a flickering, annular glare source was evaluated. The parameters determining the accuracy of the test were studied. In particular the influence of background light and flicker frequency were investigated and optimum values for best accuracy were found. Based on these findings a versatile and simple apparatus was constructed. Forty patients with various degrees of cataract were investigated in a clinical study. Patients, who subjectively experience severe glare problems, indeed show high glare values as measured with the apparatus. No obvious relation between visual acuity and glare score was found. In comparison with glare tests using a stationary glare source the use of a flickering glare source is advantageous in terms of sensitivity and accuracy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract / complications
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Flicker Fusion
  • Humans
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Aged
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Vision Tests / methods*