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What difference will I see during a field exam if I have loss due to saggy eyelids verses glaucoma?

Hi. I was sent for a field exam due to droopy eyelids. I also have thick corneas which give a false diagnosis of glaucma. During my exam, I could see the dark flashing lights around the screen, but the lighter flashes were more limited to the center target. What difference will I see during the exam if I have loss due to saggy eyelids verses glaucoma?

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What difference will I see during a field exam if I have loss due to saggy eyelids verses glaucoma?

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If you have visual field loss due to low eyelids, the field loss will be limited to the upper hamisphere of your visual fields.


Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Visual field exam for droopy eyelids vs. glaucoma

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When testing visual fields for eyelid surgery, the lids are tested in their natural position, then taped or held up where they will rest after surgery.  You should notice that the lights or white dots presented are seen higher up once the eyelid is elevated.  In glaucoma, the eyelids don't affect the visual field, per se, and the defects which appear in advance glaucoma look very different than those in patients with droopy eyelids.

Matheson A. Harris, MD
Salt Lake City Oculoplastic Surgeon
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