Global Visit Effects in Point-Wise Longitudinal Modeling of Glaucomatous Visual Fields

Susan R Bryan, Paul H C Eilers, Emmanuel M E H Lesaffre, Hans G Lemij, Koenraad A Vermeer

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PURPOSE: One of the difficulties in modeling visual field (VF) data is the sometimes large and correlated measurement errors in the point-wise sensitivity estimates. As these errors affect all locations of the same VF, we propose to model them as global visit effects (GVE). We evaluate this model and show the effect it has on progression estimation and prediction.

METHODS: Visual field series (24-2 Full Threshold; 15 biannual VFs per patient) of 125 patients with primary glaucoma were included in the analysis. The contribution of the GVE was evaluated by comparing the fitting and predictive ability of a conventional model, which does not contain GVE, to such a model that incorporates the GVE. Moreover, the GVE's effect on the estimated slopes was evaluated by determining the absolute difference between the slopes of the models. Finally, the magnitude of the GVE was compared with that of other measurement errors.

RESULTS: The GVE model showed a significant improvement in both the model fit and predictive ability over the conventional model, especially when the number of VFs in a series is limited. The average absolute difference in slopes between the models was 0.13 dB/y. Lastly, the magnitude of the GVE was more than three times larger than the measureable factors combined.

CONCLUSIONS: By incorporating the GVE in the longitudinal modeling of VF data, better estimates may be obtained of the rate of progression as well as of predicted future sensitivities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4283-9
Number of pages7
JournalInvestigative ophthalmology & visual science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Disease Progression
  • Glaucoma/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Visual Field Tests
  • Visual Fields/physiology


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