[Diabetes and color vision disorder detected by the Farnsworth 100 Hue test. Diabetic dyschromatopsia]

J Fr Ophtalmol. 1990;13(10):506-10.
[Article in French]


Farnsworth 100 Hue test was used to investigate color vision in 100 diabetic patients. Blue Yellow axis dyschromatopsia was found in 66.5% of patients. Such a dyschromatopsia precedes diabetic retinopathy in 55% of patients. Its frequency increased as a function of the increasing severity of diabetic retinopathy. On the other hand, 36% of the patients suffering from dyschromatopsia misinterpreted the self-monitoring (urine and blood) tests. These results suggest that the investigation of color vision may be a useful tool for the early screening of diabetic retinopathy particularly in self-monitoring patients.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Color Vision Defects / etiology*
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged