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PostSubject: Field Vision test.   Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:14 pm

Field Vision test
Hi all. I was wondering if you could help with this question please?

When you are having a field vision test done, when you put your chin on the shelf and you are looking in the bowl,
what color is the background?

As long as I can remember, it was black, with the flashing lights in green.But lately, one eye sees a black background the other eye sees a white background.
The white background being the more difficult to see.
Any body have any ideas or how were your tests ? Cath
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:01 am

The background when I have my field test is white and the lights really bright white, I cann't say I've experienced anything like you're having. What does your Ophthalmologist think about it?


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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:42 am

Thanks for the reply Heidi. My apt with my Ophth last week, went very quickly. She did not want to talk to me!
I have a huge problem with this dept , in communication. I do understand they are very over crowded and over worked but I think I still deserve some explanation.
Its a case of , they do the testing, then move on to the next patient.

I have had a lot of trouble with my paps, I have them for over 3 years. They are very stubborn at healing.
But , my left eye has finally healed while the right eye is on its way.
I still am having a lot of visual problems but she just srugged when I tried to talk about it. When I pushed the point of the field vision test, she said, oh thats nerve damage to the optic disc.

After that , she said , your time is up. It can be very frusrating.But I have made an apt , for today, to see a local dr, who hs experience in IIh and shunts.
This, Is the hardest part of this illness for me, the lack of information, long term prognoses,and being passed from one dr to another.Its a long ,hard road, some days.
Thanks again , Cath.
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm

What horrifies me the most is that your Ophth saw it as no big thing, and was ver unprofessional in her attitude with you. You have every right to ask questions and expect answers to those questions because yu are paying for that purpose. Hopefully this Dr with IIH experience will be the one who moves things on for you, and gives you the answers you need.

It never ceases to amaze me in the 20 odd years of my having IIH, and despite there being a clear diagnosis criteria and knowledge about this disease, that STILL, it isn't being properly diagnosed, treated and discussed with patients. It makes you wonder what on earth are we paying for, when at times we walk out of their office non the wiser than we were walking in.

I know your frustration , and I often wish I could wave a magic IIH wand, but instead, I will keep my fingers crossed for you and pray that this new Dr will be fighting in your corner.



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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:59 pm

Thank you so much Heidi. I did indeed meet with the new dr and she has made me feel a lot better. ( better explained in an answer to Jen but I cant remember the name of her post!)

I do have a problem with some drs, as I have a nursing background and try to keep myself as well informed as I can. Some drs seem to be threatened by this tho I cant understand why. Its not like I will put them out of their job.
I am also, well able to speak up for myself. I am never rude,just would like some answers. Now, I think, they dont know the answer and for some reason cant admit that.

Like you, I cant understand the lack of interest in our illness. You would think they would be knocking themselves over to be the ones to cure it.Instead, we are treated like we are either imagining it or exaggeration.
This is really a lonely , complicated hard illness to have.But I am not giving in! No way, I will get thru this,with a few tears and temper tantrums along the way I'm afraid! Thanks for your support! Cath.
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon May 21, 2012 4:33 pm

I went to have my vision field tested and opthamologist and his nurse acted like "why are you here?" At the end of visit he said i should have an eye exam by my eye doctor?? WTH He also said i had no changes in vision field, so i asked what now and he said go get your vision checked?????
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon May 21, 2012 4:52 pm

totally speechless! What kind of Ophthalmologist is he? I think I would be finding another one and would stay clear of him, he gives the impression he got his qualifications online

Maybe your eye doctor would be more professional and thorough.

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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon May 21, 2012 7:48 pm

I totally agree with Heidi! I would be looking for another opthamologist, and if your neurologist or other provider had referred you to this doctor, I would be sure to let that person know your experience too and how unprofessionally you were treated. Visual field testing is standard, necessary procedure with IIH ... and that's a very basic thing that you would expect these people to know!
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon May 21, 2012 9:25 pm

I agree! If your tests were clear they should have congratulated you on results & referred you back to your optometrist if they found changes with your sight..very unprofessional! Did they check for papilledema? I would be concerned that they seemed to have no idea why you were there, so weren't very thorough..a second opinion wouldn't hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:28 am

Hello, I'm new here and been reading but not posting till now. I don't have a diagnosis but seemed to have some high pressure symptoms and a friend recommended I join here for advice.

I had spontaneous intracranial HYPOtension from a CSF leak in my spine for just over a year. I was 'fixed' at the start of May this year but still suffer daily headaches (quite different to the 'leaky' one). After describing the pain & symptoms to a headache specialist nurse, I was advised to go for tests with an opthamologist. I did that last week and was told no papilledema, no observed issues with discs or optic nerve but there was an issue with my field of vision. She wouldn't discuss it with me and said she would send the reults by post to my GP and neurologist.

Can anyone tell me what can happen to your field of vision if you have high pressure?

I have headaches and face aches at the moment... my eyes, bridge of nose, cheek bones & top jaw bone all feel like they will explode when it gets bad. I have had tinnitus since having low pressure but it gets louder when the new headaches get worse. There may be another cause for the new headaches etc but like hypotension, there is little info out there and with that I found real people could help far more by sharing the reality and experiences of a condition!

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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Hi pupp! Welcome to the group! Very Happy All I can really share is my own experience with visual field testing and high intracranial pressure. For me, my test shows I have developed a small "blind spot" in the left eye. And I believe they are also looking for loss of your peripheral vision as a result of high pressure, but haven't personally dealt with that. There are probably others here who can share more. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:23 pm

I also had blind spots and lost peripheral vision in my left eye. I'm not sure why they wouldn't discuss results w/ you though..they're YOUR results, so that seems strange to me. There are a lot of reasons why they use this test, so it really could be anything. Hopefully your GP or neurologist will explain it to you. I'd call whichever made the referral and see if they'd give you any info, if you don't already have an appt scheduled to discuss the results. Good luck!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:20 pm

Hi, I realise this thread hasn't been used to a few years but I had some questions about visual fields tests. I never seem to get much of an answer from doctors so this seems the best place to go. When you have one eye covered during the visual field test, is it normal for your vision to go black? Mine always does, in one eye more than the other, and I have to keep blinking to sort of clear my vision again. It's a bit like a curtain coming across my eyes, I'm not sure if it's just me worrying about nothing. Because I'm constantly blinking and clearing my vision I don't do too badly in the tests but my vision feeling like its getting worse and I don't know if by keep blinking away the shaded area if it's covering up a problem?? Thanks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:29 pm

The tests are usually pretty thorough, so I think they would be able to identify any concerns. If you feel like there's a curtain that falls over your open eye or just during a normal day, I would mention it to the neuro-ophthalmologist. They use that test to diagnose a number of things and can follow up with additional tests to clarify any issues.

I know I go through periods when my vision changes, but he just does different eye charts, machines, etc. For instance: If my vision's really blurry, he has me use a pinhole cover to look through; If it's jumping, he tends to do a lot of things back and forth between both eyes. I know he's explained them both to me, but my memory has been horrible since I had a TIA in 2001, so I never remember.

The next time you do a field vision test, see if you can tell when you notice any changes. Your vision will darken when they cover one eye, but it's just from that portion of your vision being taken away and usually just takes time for your eye to adjust. You may also be looking through your eyelashes. We don't usually notice them on a daily basis because we're used to them, but I think the light of the machine draws attention to them. It used to drive me crazy because I had to constantly blink to clear my vision, but now that I recognize that as the issue I tend just to look through them.

I don't know if any of that makes sense, but the important thing is to talk to the neuro-ophthalmologist about any changes and let them determine whether it's of concern or not. If you don't agree with their evaluation, you can always get a second opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:27 pm

that doesn't sound normal to me.  talk to the doctor about it to make sure.  maybe it has to do with the lighting in the room, if your eyes have to adjust to dim lighting, like night blindness.  make sure you aren't vitamin A deficient.
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PostSubject: Re: Field Vision test.   Wed May 03, 2017 2:19 pm

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hanks guys, I'm going back next week so I will see what happen then Smile x
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