The clinical utility of visual-evoked potential acuity testing

Am J Ophthalmol. 1989 Nov 15;108(5):572-7. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(89)90436-4.


We assessed the clinical utility of objectively measured acuity using visual-evoked potentials. The technique was first standardized in normal emmetropic subjects and then applied to uncorrected myopic subjects. We found that visual-evoked potential acuity could accurately indicate Snellen acuity in emmetropia and corrected myopia; however, the two measures were highly correlated only in those uncorrected myopic subjects with visual acuities of 20/100 or better. In subjects with poorer than 20/200 uncorrected visual acuity caused by myopia, estimates of visual-evoked potential acuity could not be obtained. The correlation between these two measures of visual acuity was also lower in patients with decreased Snellen acuity attributable to retinal or ocular disease. We found that patients with unexplainable claims of decreased visual acuity could be diagnosed as having functional visual loss based on objective visual-evoked potential acuities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual*
  • Female
  • Glaucoma / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myopia / physiopathology
  • Vision Disorders / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity*
  • Visual Fields