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Vision Res. 2002 Jul;42(15):1931-9.

New, sensitive window on abnormal spatial vision: rarebit probing.

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  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, Göteborg University, SE-413 45, Göteborg, Sweden.


Clinical tests have a poor sensitivity to low to moderate degrees of neuro-visual damage, possibly because their test targets involve numerous receptive fields. A new test used briefly exposed microdots of high contrast. Multiple visual field areas were probed repeatedly, with ever-new microdot positions. Normal subjects responded to a median 96.0% of probes. Patients with different visual field defects missed larger numbers of probes within defects and the deeper the defects, the larger the number of misses. Patients with minor chiasmal lesions averaged 1.8 times larger defects in microdot perimetry than in high-pass resolution perimetry, indicating superior sensitivity to minor damage.

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