Functional assessment of glaucoma: Uncovering progression

Academic Article


  • Clinicians who manage glaucoma patients carefully monitor the visual field to determine if treatments are effective or interventions are needed. Visual field tests may reflect disease progression or variability among examinations. We describe the approaches and perimetric tests used to evaluate glaucomatous visual field progression and factors that are important for identifying progression. These include stimulus size, which area of the visual field to assess (central versus peripheral), and the testing frequency, evaluating which is important to detect change early while minimizing patient testing burden. We also review the different statistical methods developed to identify change. These include trend- and event-based analyses, parametric and nonparametric tests, population-based versus individualized approaches, as well as pointwise and global analyses. We hope this information will prove useful and important to enhance the management of glaucoma patients. Overall, analysis procedures based on series of at least 5 to 6 examinations that require confirmation and persistence of changes, that are guided by the pattern and shape of the glaucomatous visual field deficits, and that are consistent with structural defects provide the best clinical performance.
  • Authors

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Hu R; Racette L; Chen KS; Johnson CA
  • Start Page

  • 639
  • End Page

  • 661
  • Volume

  • 65
  • Issue

  • 6