The Alteration in Static Perimetry Thresholds Caused by the Prismatic Effect of Ophthalmic Lenses

Atchison, David A. & Johnston, Alan W. (1979) The Alteration in Static Perimetry Thresholds Caused by the Prismatic Effect of Ophthalmic Lenses. Australian Journal of Optometry, 62(7), pp. 276-283.


Contrast sensitivity for target I (3.24/diameter) of the 30 cm radius Goldmann perimeter was measured along the horizontal meridian to 50 degrees eccentricity in 5 subjects. Background luminance was 10.0 cd/m2 and stimulus duration was 130±4 ms. Using this data and the ophthalmic lens prismatic effects to be presented in another paper, the alteration in static perimetric sensitivity caused by spectacle lens prismatic effects was estimated. For spectacle lenses with powers between -6 D and + 10 D, the maximum sensitivity alteration was only 0.30 log units (+10 D, 25 degrees temporal) for a 14 mm vertex distance. As the experiment used conditions producing maximum visual field sensitivity gradients, and hence the maximum alteration in sensitivity caused by prismatic effects, prismatic effects of corrective ophthalmic lenses can be ignored within the central 30 degrees - 40 degrees visual field during static perimetry for lens powers less than ± 10 D.

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ID Code: 4622
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: contrast sensitivity, Goldmann perimeter, prismatic effect, static perimetry
ISSN: 0045-0642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1979 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:08

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