Purpose Assess the impact of false-positives (FP), false-negatives (FN), fixation losses (FL), and test duration (TD) on visual field (VF) reliability at different stages of glaucoma severity. Design Retrospective. Participants A total of 10 262 VFs from 1538 eyes of 909 subjects with suspect or manifest glaucoma and ≥5 VF examinations. Methods Predicted mean deviation (MD) was calculated with multilevel modeling of longitudinal data. Differences between predicted and observed MD (ΔMD) were calculated as a reliability measure. The impact of FP, FN, FL, and TD on ΔMD was assessed using multilevel modeling. Main Outcome Measures ΔMD associated with a 10% increment in FP, FN, and FL, or a 1-minute increase in TD. Results FL had little impact on ΔMD (<0.2 decibels [dB] per 10% abnormal catch trials), and no level of FL produced ≥1 dB of ΔMD at any disease stage. FP yielded greater than expected MD, with a 10% increment in abnormal catch trials associated with a ΔMD = 0.42, 0.73, and 0.66 dB in mild (MD >−6 dB), moderate (−6 ≤MD <−12 dB), and severe (−12 ≤MD ≤−20 dB) disease, respectively, up to 20% abnormal catch trials, and a ΔMD = 1.57, 2.06, and 3.53 dB beyond 20% abnormal catch trials. FNs generally produced observed MDs below expected MDs. FN were minimally impactful up to 20% abnormal catch trials (ΔMD per 10% increment >−0.14 dB at all levels of severity). Beyond 20% abnormal catch trials, each 10% increment in abnormal catch trials was associated with a ΔMD = −1.27, −0.53, and −0.51 dB in mild, moderate, and severe disease, respectively. |ΔMD| ≥1 dB occurred with 22% FP and 26% FN in early, 14% FP and 34% FN in moderate, and 16% FP and 51% FN in severe disease. A 1-minute increment in TD produced ΔMDs between −0.35 and −0.40 dB. Conclusions FL have little impact on reliability in patients with established glaucoma. FP, and to a lesser extent FNs and TD, significantly affect reliability. The impact of FP and FN varies with disease severity and over the range of abnormal catch trials. On the basis of our findings, we present evidence-based, severity-specific standards for classifying VF reliability for clinical or research applications.
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