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October 1990

Glare and Contrast Sensitivity for Clinicians

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Worcester, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(10):1392. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070120040018

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Visual acuity and visual fields are the most commonly used measures of vision, but clinicians and visual scientists have become increasingly aware of their limitations. The authors of this monograph have brought together information about two other parameters by which vision can be assessed: the contrast sensitivity function and the related effects of glare. Basic scientists, optometrists, and ophthalmologists approach these subjects from different perspectives in their reviews.

"... useful to anyone with an interest in visual function testing."

The book is well illustrated, with generous use of color plates. A glossary is appended to allow translation of what is necessarily a complex terminology. The editors are obviously enthusiastic about their topics, but take pains to point out that contrast sensitivity or glare testing should not be used as an excuse to perform marginal surgery, and even allow critical evaluation of their own glare-testing device.

Several of the contributors point out

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