Assessment of age-related maculopathy using subjective vision tests

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E. & Feigl, Beatrix (2005) Assessment of age-related maculopathy using subjective vision tests. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 88(5), pp. 292-303.

Abstract

This paper reviews non-standard, clinical vision tests that may be used to detect the earliest visual loss in age-related maculopathy (ARM), before fundus changes are detected. We recommend a clinical test battery for all patients aged 60 years and older, comprising low luminance/low contrast (SKILL) VA or low contrast VA, desaturated D-15 colour vision assessment, flicker perimetry, glare recovery and dark adaptation if possible, together with conventional assessments of case history, ophthalmoscopy and high contrast visual acuity (VA) for the detection and diagnosis of ARM. Reading rate is also discussed as a potential indicator of early visual loss. For monitoring the progressive visual loss in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and determining the requirements for optometric vision rehabilitation, we recommend more conventional clinical vision tests of distance and near visual acuity, reading rate, the effects of varying illumination and a functional central visual field assessment.

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ID Code: 5745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: age, related maculopathy, macular degeneration, subjective assessment
ISSN: 0816-4622
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 2005 Optometrists Association Australia
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:15

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