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Vision Res. 1997 Jul;37(14):1989-97.

Perimetric motion thresholds are elevated in glaucoma suspects and glaucoma patients.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla 92093-0946, USA.


The purpose of this study was to determine if a clinically feasible perimetric motion test utilizing random-dot kinematograms could identify glaucomatous visual field defects. Using a staircase procedure, an automated perimetric motion test and a larger foveally presented target were given to normal (n = 30), glaucoma suspects (n = 31) and primary open-angle glaucoma patients (n = 19). Motion thresholds at specific locations throughout the whole visual field were significantly elevated in glaucoma patients (P < or = 0.001). Perimetric motion testing identified 84.2% of the primary open-angle glaucoma patients and 25.8% of the glaucoma suspects as abnormal. A larger foveal stimulus was unable to distinguish between the different subject groups (P < or = 0.185). Perimetric motion thresholds were significantly correlated with Humphrey standard visual field thresholds in the glaucoma and glaucoma-suspect patients (P < or = 0.0002).

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