Glare and contrast sensitivity testing in cataract patients

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1989 Mar;15(2):158-64. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(89)80004-5.


I measured contrast sensitivity and glare in 51 cataract patients who had Snellen visual acuities of 20/60 or better. The VCTS contrast sensitivity plates, the Miller-Nadler glare tester, Baylor visual function tester, and the Stereo Optical glare tester were used. Patients indicated that the Baylor visual function tester most closely reproduced their daytime glare symptoms and that the Stereo Optical glare tester most closely reproduced their nighttime glare symptoms. Scores on the Stereo Optical glare tester and VCTS contrast sensitivity chart statistically were most strongly correlated with patients' complaints and the severity of their lens opacities. Contrast sensitivity and glare testing are important adjuncts in evaluating patients who have visual complaints and yet have good Snellen acuities.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / physiopathology*
  • Contrast Sensitivity*
  • Humans
  • Predictive Value of Tests*
  • Vision Tests / methods*
  • Visual Acuity*