Diffuse and localized glaucomatous field loss in light-sense, flicker and resolution perimetry

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1991;229(3):267-73. doi: 10.1007/BF00167882.


A total of 75 eyes in 75 patients with different types of glaucoma (21 eyes with low-tension glaucoma, 49 with primary open-angle glaucoma and 5 with pigmentary glaucoma) were examined by automated light-sense, flicker and resolution perimetry. All fields were classified in a masked fashion as being "normal" (N) or as having "diffuse loss" (D), "localized loss" (L) or "diffuse plus localized loss" (DL). The frequency distributions for the various field loss categories were plotted against the highest intraocular pressure ever reported in the patients' records. The frequency distribution for the purely localized defects showed a peak at 20 mmHg and were markedly skewed to low pressure values, whereas those for both diffuse plus localized damage and purely diffuse loss peaked at about 30 mmHg. The data suggest that diffuse field loss may be an indicator of pressure-induced damage.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Flicker Fusion*
  • Glaucoma / diagnosis*
  • Glaucoma / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Light*
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Disk / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Field Tests / methods*
  • Visual Fields*