University of Edinburgh

Understanding Visual Fields

Presented on Friday 2 November 2007


This one day course offered an introduction to visual fields. A detailed description of the visual pathway was followed by explanation of how defects within the visual pathway can lead to particular types of visual field loss. Methods to measure and interpret visual fields in children will also be discussed alongside explanations of the most prevalent causes of field loss in children. Participants were also given the opportunity to partake in a practical session to aid understanding of visual field loss through the use of simulation goggles. The course is designed for parents and health/ education professionals working with children with visual impairment.

Presenters: Dr Jennifer Skillen, Specialist Orthoptist – NHS Fife and
Dr Andrew Blaikie, Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Fife


10.30 am Visual Pathway and Testing Methods

11.15 am Causes of Visual Field Loss in Children

12 noon Questions and discussion

1.30 pm Practical Session: functional test; confrontation

3.30 pm Course evaluation and close