The rate of progression of scotomas in glaucoma

Am J Ophthalmol. 1986 Jan 15;101(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(86)90457-5.


We conducted a retrospective study of 45 eyes of 45 patients with chronic open-angle glaucoma to evaluate the rate of progression of scotomas. "Scotoma mass" was calculated and regressed on time to obtain the rate of visual field change. Twenty-two eyes (49%) showed a linear type of progression, nine (20%) showed a curvilinear progression, three (7%) showed episodic progression, and 11 (24%) showed no significant progression. The mean scotoma mass was significantly lower in the curvilinear group than in the linear group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Glaucoma / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scotoma / etiology*
  • Scotoma / physiopathology
  • Visual Fields