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November 1979

Quantification of Visual Fields for Statistical Analysis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health (Drs Trost and Woolson), Ophthalmology (Dr Hayreh), and Statistics (Dr Woolson), University of Iowa, Iowa City. Dr Trost is now with the Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(11):2175-2180. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020493018

• The importance of visual fields in the study of ocular vascular disorders prompted the development of a method to convert visual fields plotted on a Goldmann perimeter into a digital form so that the data could be analyzed and stored by a computer. An instrument called a scotometer was designed to measure the visual fields and the various scotomata, and a data coding form was developed to facilitate the entry of the data into the computer. After extensive testing, this method is now being used in several clinical trials. Statistics have been computed that support the reliability of the coding process.

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