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Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2008 May;28(3):183-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.2008.00561.x.

Recent progress in macular function self-assessment.

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Evansville VA Outpatient Clinic, 500 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713-2438, USA.



Patients that are deemed to be at risk for the development of choroidal neovascularization are frequently instructed to self-monitor their vision for symptoms that may signal the presence of choroidal neovascularization. Traditionally, the Amsler grid has been used for this purpose, but recent technological innovations have resulted in a number of potential alternatives that offer important advantages, including greater sensitivity, the ability to differentiate exudative from non-exudative disease, and quantitative analysis of test results.


The following technologies that could be employed for patient self-assessment of macular function in a home setting are reviewed: computerized Amsler grid, preferential hyperacuity perimetry, macular mapping test and noise-field campimetry.


A number of technologies are currently available that could significantly improve the ability of patients at risk for the development of choroidal neovascularization to self-monitor their central visual field.

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