Abnormalities of central contrast sensitivity in glaucoma

Am J Ophthalmol. 1979 Aug;88(2):205-11. doi: 10.1016/0002-9394(79)90467-7.


The detectability of foveally presented low-contrast flickering stimuli was determined for glaucoma patients, ocular hypertensives, and normal control subjects. Two types of stimuli, a homogeneous flickering field, and a counterphase flickering grating of low spatial frequency, were presented on a screen subtending 4 degrees of visual angle. The average of the contrast sensitivities to these two simuli (defined as the dynamic response coefficient) was consistently lower in glaucomatous than in normotensive eyes. The dynamic response coefficient was also below normal in half the ocular hypertensive eyes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Flicker Fusion
  • Glaucoma / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vision Tests / instrumentation
  • Vision Tests / methods*
  • Visual Fields