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Visual Field Testing

Eye Exam in Queens NY – Eye Doctor Tests Peripheral Vision

A visual field test measures how much ‘side’ vision you have. It is a straightforward test, painless, and does not involve eye drops. Essentially lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. Your head is kept still and you have to place your chin on a chin rest. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating.
Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes; a driving licence visual field test is shorter and takes 5-10 minutes. You will be informed of the result by our eye doctors, in writing, within a few weeks or less.
Normally the test is carried out by a computerized machine, called a Humphrey. Occasionally the manual test has to be used, a Goldman. For each test you have to look at a central point then press a buzzer each time you see the light.
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