Assessment of central visual functions in patients with low vision: a review of commonly used t...

6 June 2017
Volume 18, Issue 2

This article outlines some of the principal tests and strategies available for the clinical assessment of visually impaired patients that are commonly used and readily available to practising optometrists.

Abstract

The measurement of distance visual acuity is the most familiar and most widely used test of visual function. However, this is only one in a battery of tests used in the assessment of patients with visual impairment. A full and comprehensive assessment helps to build a picture of the need and urgency for further treatment, including the provision of rehabilitative interventions and to predict the performance of low-vision devices.

This review outlines some of the principal tests and strategies available for the clinical assessment of visually impaired patients that are readily available to practising optometrists. The generic principles of the key visual functions assessed in the low-vision assessment are outlined, together with a critical review of those instruments still currently used within optometric practice which may not yield the most reliable results.

Sign in to continue

Forgotten password?
Register

Sign in to view the article

Not a member? Start enjoying the benefits of College membership today. Take a look at what the College can offer you and view our membership categories and rates.

Related further reading

The College of Optometrists President Professor Leon Davies FCOptom and Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom, Trustee and Council Representative for Northern Ireland, have written to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health NI.

This year's National Eye Health Week will take place from 18 to 24 September 2023, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology - Spring 2023.