Influence of vasospasm on visual function

Doc Ophthalmol. 1987 May;66(1):3-18. doi: 10.1007/BF00144735.


In a number of patients with etiologically unexplained visual field loss, a vasospastic syndrome could be found with the help of a capillaroscopic local cooling test on the fingers. In the patients with proven vasospastic syndrome, the visual field defects were increased after a cold water test and decreased after a therapy with calcium entry blockers. General aspects of the physiology and pathophysiology of the circulation and especially of the circulation in the eye are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcium Channel Blockers / therapeutic use
  • Eye / blood supply
  • Humans
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / complications
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / physiopathology*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Syndrome
  • Vascular Diseases / complications
  • Vascular Diseases / drug therapy
  • Vascular Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Vision, Ocular


  • Calcium Channel Blockers