Visual Field Testing in Kinetic and Static Modalities

Also known as: static and kinetic visual field testing, visual field testing.

What is visual field testing in kinetic and static modalities?

Visual field testing is a common vision test that measures both a patient’s central and peripheral vision. It is a test that is frequently used when glaucoma is suspected in a patient. Kinetic and static modalities are two differing methods of performing the visual field test.

What happens during the procedure?

A kinetic visual field test involves moving an object in and out of a patient’s peripheral vision in order to find the edge of the patient’s field of vision. A static field of vision test involves illuminating an object that doesn’t move in the patient’s field of vision in order to test the vision in this manner.

Is any special preparation needed? 

No special preparation is needed for this test.

What are the risk factors?

There are no major risks to a field of vision test.

Reviewed by: Zenia P Aguilera, MD

This page was last updated on: January 21, 2022 10:54 AM