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July 1957

Progression of Defects in Visual Fields Produced by Hyaline Bodies in Optic Disks

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.
Fellow in Ophthalmology, Mayo Foundation (Dr. Lansche), and Section of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (Dr. Rucker). The Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(1):115-121. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010127011

The types of defects in the visual field produced by drusen in the optic papilla are well known.1-3 However, only a paucity of references relate to the changes in the visual fields on succeeding examinations of patients having these hyaline masses.4 We wish to report on 14 cases encountered at the Mayo Clinic in which one or more examinations of the visual fields were conducted at periods of 6 months to 24 years after the initial examination.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.  —A 46-year-old woman registered at the clinic in 1925 with the complaint of headaches. Evaluation in the Section of Ophthalmology failed to uncover any ocular cause for the headaches. She related that the left eye always had been "poor" and that during childhood "it turned in." Visual acuity, with correction, was 20/200 with the right eye and 20/400 with the left eye. Hyperopia and astigmatism measured

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