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Variability of glaucomatous visual field defects in computerized perimetry.


Normal subjects are able to maintain a stable level of performance throughout a test session of 30 min, using 0.5 s exposure time. Test points placed in normal areas of glaucoma cases behave similarly, whereas test points in relative scotomatous parts of the field show not only a lower sensitivity level but also a tendency to a decline of the performance level and/or a higher threshold variation. Change of exposure time showed remarkable effects on the performance level at defect points, an increase to 1 s causing a stabilization on an improved level and a decrease to 0.25 s giving a deterioration. The results are discussed in terms of noise admixture to the signal. According to this model an increased noise amplitude by impaired retinal function reduces the performance level and augments the variation. On the other hand, an increased exposure time of the test object, which causes a stabilization of the process on an improved performance level, may be interpreted as a reduction of the noise amplitude.

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