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The automated static perimeter has been hugely successful. It has almost brought the era of Goldmann kinetic perimetry to an end. Virtually every ophthalmologist and optometrist now owns an automated visual field machine. Somehow the practitioner was led to believe that the computer would replace the skilled perimetrist and that any office employee could sit the patient down in front of the instrument, drop in a few quarters, go get a cup of coffee, and, on return, pull a printed visual field from the machine.
Now it is clear that it is the skilled perimetrist and not the machine that produces high-quality visual fields. It is the reassuring, constant presence of a sensitive perimetrist—not the computer—that assures consistent and trustworthy results. The computer does provide an identical sequence of questions at every visit, and this is especially helpful when visual fields are done repeatedly to follow the progression of a
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