Visual Field Testing
The visual field is the entire area that we can see when we focus on a central point, including our peripheral or side vision.
When you come in for a comprehensive eye exam at Hanna Eye Care, our eye doctor may recommend a visual field test. This is a quick and painless exam that checks for blind spots or loss of peripheral vision. It determines if you have any vision loss in the side, upper, or lower areas of your visual field.
Why is visual field testing important?
Visual field testing is a crucial aspect of eye care, whether you are at risk for eye diseases or simply want to ensure your visual health. This test is fast and easy, allowing us to evaluate your peripheral vision and identify any blind spots or concerns. By identifying any problems early on, you and your doctor can work together to develop a plan to prevent further damage to your eyesight and maintain your visual health.
Who should get visual field testing?
We may recommend visual field testing if you have certain risk factors, such as:
- A family history of glaucoma or other eye diseases
- A history of eye injuries or surgeries
- Diabetes or high blood pressure
- A history of migraines or other neurological conditions
- Taking certain medications that can affect your vision
As we grow older, our eyes become more susceptible to certain conditions. For this reason, our eye doctor may suggest regular visual field testing once you reach 40 years old, even if you don’t have any specific risk factors. By staying on top of regular eye exams, including visual field testing, you can help maintain the health and well-being of your eyes for years to come.
Zeiss Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer
At Hanna Eye Care in Jacksonville, we use the Humphrey Field Analyzer to help us detect any early signs of visual field loss. This incredible technology can measure the entire area of your peripheral vision, which allows us to identify even the slightest changes in your vision. By using the Humphrey Field Analyzer, we can diagnose and monitor a variety of eye issues such as glaucoma, optic nerve damage, and certain neurological conditions.
The test is quick, painless, and only takes about 20 minutes. During the test, you will sit in front of the machine and focus on a central point while small lights of varying intensities appear in your peripheral vision. Our optometrist will ask you to press a button whenever you see a light. We will then analyze the test results to identify any areas of vision loss or abnormalities.
If you’re concerned about vision loss, contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam in Jacksonville.