Significance of Visual Field Changes

What is Visual Field Testing?

Visual field Testing is also known as a side vision test. During a side vision test, the field of each eye is tested separately. Testing the eyes separately is necessary due to the redundancy in the field between the two eyes. This means that you may not notice a Visual Field defect because one eye compensates for the other, or the change may be slow or subtle. During the test, different stimuli are presented to determine how sensitive the eye is at detecting a stimulus off to the side.

What can the Visual Field Detect?

• Glaucoma
• Strokes (brain)
• Strokes (of the optic nerve)
• Brain tumors

When is a Visual Field Test indicated?

Taking a Visual Field screening test is never a bad idea, however, there are certain symptoms and exam findings that warrant visual field testing to rule out a disease process. These include but are not limited to severe headaches, suspicious-looking optic nerves detected during an exam, a pupil defect detected during an exam, suspected stroke, loss of vision, numbness or tingling on one side of the body, a sagging eyelid, and double vision.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, Visual Field Testing could indicate if a more ominous process is occurring. If you have more questions about anything discussed here, come see us at Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear.

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A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Cincinnati where her husband is starting his pediatrician fellowship,with their two cats and baby boy.

 

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Phone: (704) 310-5002
Fax: (704) 310-5003
kristin@salisburyeyecareandeyewear.com

 

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