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September 1984

Retinal Boundaries and Visual Function in Gyrate Atrophy

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(9):1314-1316. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040031064025

• Three patients with gyrate atrophy of the retina and choroid underwent fundus photoperimetry, the combination of fundus photography and visual field analysis within the same instrument, to examine the correspondence between the funduscopically observed, scalloped margin of remaining retina and the functional limit of the peripheral visual field. The results suggest that near the border between remaining retina and atrophic areas, visual sensitivity falls off quite rapidly, producing perimetric isopters that conform closely to the scalloped retinal margin. In some instances, visual function can be demonstrated in islands of remaining retina that are totally surrounded by atrophic areas. This study demonstrates the usefulness of fundus photoperimetry in following the course of degenerative retinal diseases.