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 HEP - Heidelberg Edge Perimeter

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter

The Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) performs innovative 
functional testing of the visual system.

Not only Standard Automated Perimetry (SAP), but also a NEW early detection test – Flicker-Defined Form (FDF)1,2.

Now you have the best of both worlds in one perimeter.

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter - HEP


The Heidelberg Eye Explorer (HEYEX) software platform provides flexible solutions from a solo practice to a large clinic environment. The integrated patient database facilitates storage and management of image files from all existing Heidelberg Engineering devices, such as SPECTRALIS, HRT and HEP. Network viewing software allows easy and reliable access to patient image files on most networked computer supporting seamless consultation and diagnosis.


Fig. 1: Connectivity (click to enlarge)

Stage-Specific Perimetry

Visual field testing remains the main diagnostic tool to provide information about a patient’s visual function, quality of vision and quality of life. Functional testing supports clinicians in early disease detection, staging of disease or trend analysis in progressive glaucoma. 2-in-1 perimetry with HEP offers the most appropriate test for each stage of disease. It allows you to offer the right stimulus to your patient at the appropriate stage of disease.

Flicker-Defined-Form Perimetry

The FDF stimulus or Contour “Edge” Illusion has been shown to be useful for detecting visual field loss in patients with early glaucoma3. A 5-degree circular stimulus is created by a phase reversal of black and white dots that flicker in counter-phase to the background dots. The flicker creates an illusionary edge contour that the patient perceives as a gray patch or circle against the mean luminance background4. FDF Perimetry has been proven to correlate to structural defects detected by HRT or SPECTRALIS® OCT5,6.

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) - Flicker-Defined-Form 

Fig. 2: Flicker-Defined-Form (FDF) Perimetry

Standard Automated Perimetry

Standard Automated Perimetry (SAP) or white-on-white perimetry is best suited for patients with moderate to severe progressive disease and thereby offers continuity of care. The HEP monitor-based system offers full dynamic range perimetry and has proven to deliver equivalent results to a projection-type perimeter7,8. The HEP offers a unique W/W Perimetry using a Goldmann size III target for the 40 dB to 16 dB range. From 15 dB to 0 dB, the stimulus size is increased following the Goldmann equation to give perceptual equivalence9. This unique approach enables full-range Standard Automated Perimetry and ensures good test-retest characteristics.

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) - Flicker-Defined-Form

Fig. 3: Standard Automated Perimetry (click to enlarge)

Standard Tests

HEP is a monitor-based perimeter designed to test central and peripheral vision. It offers a full set of standard tests for the central 10°, 24° and 30° visual field as well as an extension to the periphery up to 60° (100 points).

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) Standard Tests 

Fig. 4: Standard Tests (click to enlarge)

Threshold Strategies

The Heidelberg Edge Perimeter uses three different kinds of Adaptive Staircase Thresholding Algorithm (ASTA) strategies covering a broad range of applications.

The ASTA Standard algorithm for baseline examinations uses a 4-2-2 staircase approach as well as neighboring test target information and a quick termination methodology to reduce test time.

ASTA Follow-Up further reduces the test time during follow-up examinations. Results of previous tests are used to seed each location of the field. Test time reductions resulting in a 3 minute test are typically achieved while maintaining the same sensitivity.

ASTA Fast is a short test protocol advised for patients expected to be “within normal limits” or those who have previously shown unusual levels of fatigue. Starting values are based on age-matched normal values.

HEP also offers time-saving screening tests. The screening strategy balances the demand for a quick visual field assess¬ment with the need for sufficient accuracy.

Choose your favorite report format; either single eye OS-OD or OD-OS or the OU report in portrait or landscape format. 

Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) OU Report Heidelberg Edge Perimeter (HEP) Report

Fig. 5: Report Formats (click to enlarge)

Functional Change Analysis

HEP´s Functional Change Analysis (FCA) applies existing knowledge of the random variability of visual field analyses and flags progressive visual field loss that exceeds the normal level of repeatability. FCA is compatible with ASTA Standard and ASTA Follow-Up examinations.
The FCA is the first trend analysis to provide information on significant change in probability maps for Total Deviation as well as for Pattern Deviation.
Easy-to-read symbols are used to indicate a worsening visual field and assist with interpretation.

FCA is the only trend analysis that can either monitor both slight changes in early disease with FDF Perimetry as well as long-term follow-up with SAP in advanced glaucoma patients.

HEP - Functional Change Analysis Report

Structure-Function Integration

The integration of Heidelberg Engineering devices through the joint HEYEX software platfomallows for combined analysis of structural damage of optic nerve head (ONH) or retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and visual field defects. Data from HRT or SPECTRALIS can be linked with HEP visual field results to arrive at a conclusive glaucoma diagnosis more easily.

·         All relevant information on one report

·         Automatically generated in HEYEX

·         Improved time and patient management

·         Facilitates patient education




Fig. 6: Functional Change Analysis Report



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