Survey of the clinical use of glare and contrast sensitivity testing

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1990 Nov;16(6):707-11. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)81010-3.


In August 1988, we surveyed a random 10% sample of the members of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery about their use of contrast sensitivity and glare testing. Of 396 surveys mailed, 214 were returned for a response rate of 54.3%. Thirty-six percent of respondents used glare testing alone; 5.6% used contrast sensitivity testing alone; 23.4% used both test modalities; 35% used neither. The most common uses of glare and contrast sensitivity testing were to evaluate visual function in patients who have cataracts, secondary cataracts, and/or intraocular lens problems.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / diagnosis
  • Contrast Sensitivity*
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular
  • Light
  • Random Allocation
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vision Disorders / diagnosis
  • Vision Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Visual Acuity