Testing Spatial Detection and Light Sensitivity in Homonymous Hemiano-pia by Rarebit and Conventional Automated Perimetry

The Open Ophthalmology Journal 18 Nov 2008 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874364100802010153


Purpose of the study was to compare Rarebit Perimetry (RP) with Standard Automatic Perimetry (SAP) in patients with ischemic retrochiasmal lesions. Seventeen patients with homonymous hemianopia underwent SAP and RP. Correlation between the two techniques was evaluated, congruent defects were quantified in the spared hemifield and residual vision areas were investigated in the blind hemifield. A strong correlation was found between SAP and RP. In the spared hemifield, RP detected congruent defects in a higher percentage of cases. Residual detection function has been found at RP in 69,2 % of perimetrically blind visual field quadrants as assessed by SAP. In conclusion, RP appears to be useful to assess visual function in hemianopic patients. As compared to SAP, it seems able to detect small congruent defects in a higher percentage of cases. Finally, a certain residual function seems to be present at RP in the blind regions of the visual field, however, for this finding further demonstrations are required.

Keywords: Hemianopia, rarebit perimetry, automated perimetry, congruent defect, residual visual function.
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