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What is a Visual Field Test?
There comes a time, when you start to develop a feeling of usual headaches every passing day. It’s not
hard to find the reasons for headache until you notice that you’re unable to see the billboard nearby.
Yes, this is where the problem begins. You realize all the time when you had a headache was because
your eyesight is getting weak. So, the first thing you need to do is get a visual field test done!
A visual field test is just like any other test, but for your eyes. To cut it short, it’s an eye test, that tends
to measure the complexity in your vision. It has a scope which measures your vision. To your surprise,
not just your central vision but your peripheral vision too! Some of you might not know, but every
person has two visions. A visual field test is done to ensure that there are no blind spots in the eyes of
If you have a minor doubt about your weak eyesight, then this test is recommended because it detects
any damage that exists in your optical nerves – which tends to weaken the eyesight. This test is popular
for detecting the damage which occurs due to glaucoma. Not only it detects potential weakness in your
eyes but also accounts of other eye-related diseases and infection which may exist, that you’re not
aware of. To name some of the hazardous diseases, there are the central and peripheral retinal disease,
drooping, a disease which is related to eyelids.
How is this test performed?
Since you know so much about the effectiveness of this test, you’re eager to know about how it works.
Let’s take you there, there are several ways through which this test can be conducted depending upon
the damage with exists. How this test would be performed is dependent on a doctor, but after
conducting a diagnosis.
Every eye would be examined one by one, you’ll be asked to cover the other with one hand or a possible instrument if available with the doctor. Covering one eye also tends to reduce the chances of errors. The test would begin by assessing your right eye first and then your left eye.
You’ll be asked to look straight so; your peripheral vision could be administered. The machines being used are so up to date, that they are able to test the ability to hold a gaze to fixed point also. You’ll be given some instructions regarding the whole procedure.