As part of every comprehensive eye exam a person's peripheral vision should be checked.
Your peripheral vision is your side vision. That means, while your eyes may be “focused” on an object directly in front of you, you should still have the ability to see and recognize objects to your left, right, up and down—not just directly in your line of sight.
Since peripheral vision loss can be a sign of a number of eye diseases, including glaucoma and other optic nerve disorders, side vision must be tested regularly.
How does a peripheral vision test work?
A peripheral vision test takes a few minutes and is typically incorporated into the early portion of the eye exam.
The most common type of peripheral vision testing is “confrontational” peripheral vision testing, where your eye doctor asks you to focus on a target directly in front of you (the doctor’s eye, or an upraised finger, for example). With one eye covered, and your focus trained on the target, you’ll be asked to describe things you see in the “side” of your vision.
Peripheral vision loss indicates there may be an eye problem present, one that can then be tested for in greater detail during your eye examination.
At Advanced Eye Care Services we use a computerized Humphrey Visual Field Tester. This instrument tests peripheral vision with a series of blinking lights in the outer visual field.
No matter what the form of test, know that peripheral vision loss is a serious symptom that needs to be evaluated by a qualified eyecare professional.
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