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August 1973

The Assessment of Visual Function.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(2):175-176. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050177021

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The assessment of visual function was published at the suggestion of the American Committee on Optics and Visual Physiology in order to make available a basic text for a course presented at the meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Each instructor contributed a chapter on his special field, emphasizing underlying scientific principles and application of methods for testing visual function. The book contains nine chapters, which are given in order here: "Visual Acuity" (Rubin); "Visual Fields" (Newman); "Rod Vision" (Alpern); "Clinical Aspects of Night Vision" (Krill); "Color Vision of Normal Observers" (Pokorny and Smith); "Abnormal Color Vision" (Krill); "Practical Aspects of Depth Perception" (Burian); "Electrophysiological Measurements" (Potts); "Assessment of Special Visual Functions" (Keeney).

Beyond the usual measurements of acuity, perimetric fields, and testing of color vision, the application of psychophysical studies is still quite limited, but methods to obtain additional information have been and are being further

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