Contrast sensitivity function as a screening test: A critique

Gordon E. Legge, Gary S. Rubin

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Currently, there is intense clinical, commercial, and academic interest in the potential value of the contrast sensitivity function (CSF) for detecting eye disease. This paper contains an evaluation of the CSF as a screening test. Questions are raised concerning its scoring, accuracy, reliability, and robustness in screening situations. We conclude that the CSF cannot be of much value in visual screening until these questions are answered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-270
Number of pages6
JournalOptometry and Vision Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1986


  • Contrast sensitivity function
  • Visual acuity
  • Visual screening


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