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August 1957

The Multiple-Pattern Tachystoscopic Visual Field Screener in Glaucoma

Author Affiliations

Winston-Salem, N. C.
From The Department of Ophthalmology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College and North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(2):244-245. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010256011

The development of the multiple-pattern tachystoscopic visual field screener by Harrington1 has made a highly useful new tool available to all interested in the detection of and care of glaucoma. Its usefulness in industrial medicine and other fields is also being increasingly documented.2

Both the need for epidemiologic study of primary glaucoma and the infinitely greater effectiveness of therapy undertaken early in the course of the disease make a reasonably accurate screening procedure for glaucoma a highly desirable goal, and some form of visual field testing can scarcely fail to be included in such a procedure. Since the timeconsuming nature of classic methods of central field testing, plus the need for skilled operators to perform the test, almost precludes their use in mass screening techniques, the multiple-pattern tachystoscopic visual field screener has appeared to offer the best substitute yet found which can fill the needs for a reasonably

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