• Visual Field Test for a Teenager?


    Question:

    My teenage daughter had trouble with the visual field test so the optometrist repeated the test with different results each time. The doctor didn't seem very concerned, saying it was a "hard test for some kids." Do you think a dilated eye exam should be scheduled?


    Answer:

    The first question I have is why your optometrist felt a healthy teenager should have a visual field test. It is unusual to obtain a visual field in a child without a specific diagnosis in mind. I suggest a complete ocular examination including a dilated examination with an ophthalmologist.


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