The relationship between the visual field and the optic nerve head in glaucomas

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1987;225(2):129-32. doi: 10.1007/BF02160344.


In a retrospective study of 50 eyes with chronic open-angle glaucoma we compared the findings obtained using stereochronoscopy (Sc), papillometry (Pm) and visual-field measurements. We found relationship between the neuroretinal-rim area and the visual-field findings measured using the Octopus glaucoma program, G1. There was only a weak relationship between the Sc findings and the visual-field measurements. This suggests that Sc detects a type of damage that is not detectable either using Pm or by visual-field examinations. Our results also suggest that quantitative perimetry detects the same kind of damage as that revealed by Pm. The neuroretinal-rim area was best correlated with short-term fluctuation, but was also very significantly correlated with mean damage and corrected loss variance.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Disk*
  • Photography
  • Software
  • Visual Field Tests
  • Visual Fields*