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May 1959

The Multiple-Pattern Method of Visual Field Examination: A Five-Year Evaluation of Its Effectiveness as a Visual Field Screening Technique

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Division of Ophthalmology, University of California School of Medicine, the Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford Unversity School of Medicine, and the U. S. Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1959;61(5):755-765. doi:10.1001/archopht.1959.00940090757012

Since its first presentation before the American Ophthalmological Society,1 in 1953, the multiple-pattern method of visual field examination has been widely accepted and used in clinics and in private practice. It has proved to be an effective technique for visual field screening in mass examinations of personnel in industry, in the armed forces, in driver-testing, and in glaucomadetection surveys in various parts of the country. There is now a considerable literature on the method.

Much data has been accumulated through personal communication with a large number of the more than 500 users of the visual field screener. Some of this material was collected in response to a questionnaire. Numerous unsolicited reports have been submitted by users who attested to the accuracy and speed with which the method was able to detect a wide variety of visual field defects, later confirmed by standard perimetric techniques.

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