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Comparing 10-2 and 24-2 Visual Fields for Detecting Progressive Central Visual Loss in Glaucoma Eyes with Early Central Abnormalities.

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To compare the ability of 10-2 visual field tests and central 12 locations of the 24-2 tests (C24-2) to detect central visual field progression in glaucoma eyes with early central visual field abnormalities.


Observational cohort study.


Three-hundred eyes of 180 participants with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.


Participants with both 10-2 and 24-2 tests performed on ≥3 visits over ≥1-year period were included to estimate the longitudinal variability of 10-2 and C24-2 visual field mean deviation (MD). The variability estimates were then used to reconstruct real-world visual field results by computer simulations, in a scenario where eyes had a baseline 10-2 and C24-2 MD was -2 dB and exhibited various rates of change (-0.25, -0.50, -0.75 and -1.00 dB/year), and the time to detect these changes were evaluated using trend-based analyses.

Main outcome measures

Time required to detect progression.


Overall, the time to detect central visual field progression was reduced by 7-9% using the 10-2 compared to C24-2 MD values, equivalent to a total reduction of 0.1-0.3 dB lost. For example, 90% of eyes with a central 10-2 or C24-2 MD loss of -0.50 dB/year would be detected after 5.0 and 5.5 years of semi-annual testing respectively, or after 3.4 and 3.7 years respectively for eyes with a -1.00 dB/year loss.


Trend-based analyses using 10-2 MD resulted in a mild reduction (7-9%) in the time to detect central visual field progression compared to C24-2 MD in glaucoma eyes with early central visual field abnormalities. Further studies are needed to determine whether other progression analyses can better exploit the increased sampling of 10-2 tests. These findings provide evidence-based guidance on the potential value-add of 10-2 testing in the clinical management of glaucoma patients.

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