At Brooklin Vision Care, your eye health is our priority. We understand that vision is essential for a fulfilling life, and early detection of eye conditions like glaucoma is crucial for preserving sight.  Glaucoma, often referred to as the "silent thief of sight," can cause gradual vision loss without any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. A key tool in diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma is the visual field test.

What is a Visual Field Test?

A visual field test is a painless procedure that maps your entire field of vision, including your central and peripheral (side) vision. During the test, you'll be seated comfortably and asked to focus on a central light source straight ahead. Lights will then appear at various locations in your peripheral vision, and you'll need to press a button whenever you see one. The test helps identify any areas where you have blind spots or reduced vision, which could be an indicator of glaucoma or other eye conditions.

Why is the Visual Field Test Important for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from your eye to the brain.  This damage often begins in the peripheral vision, causing blind spots you might not even notice at first. A visual field test can detect these early signs of vision loss, allowing for prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent further damage.

What to Expect During a Visual Field Test

The visual field test is a quick and straightforward procedure. Here's what to expect:

  • Your eye doctor will explain the test and answer any questions you may have.
  • You'll be seated comfortably and positioned in front of a machine.
  • One eye will be covered at a time while you focus on a central light source.
  • Lights will flash at various locations in your peripheral vision.
  • You'll need to press a button whenever you see a light.
  • The entire test typically takes around 10-15 minutes.

Protecting Your Vision with Regular Eye Exams
Early detection and treatment are critical for managing glaucoma and preserving your vision.  Regular eye exams, including visual field testing, are essential for maintaining good eye health. At Brooklin Vision Care, our team of optometrists in Whitby is dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care services to keep your vision clear and healthy.


Schedule Your Eye Exam Today!

Don't wait until you experience vision problems to get your eyes checked. Contact Brooklin Vision Care today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, including a visual field test, and ensure the long-term health of your vision! To get in touch with us, please click here or call us at (289) 240-6610