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TEST. Something by which to ascertain the truth respecting another thing. 7 Penn. St. Rep. 428; 6 Whart. 284. Vide Religious Test.

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This explains the healthy eye is able to undergo both direct and consensual dilatation seen on the swinging flashlight test. Some causes of a RAPD include optic neuritis, ischemic optic disease or retinal disease, severe glaucoma causing trauma to optic nerve, direct optic nerve damage (trauma, radiation, tumor), retinal detachment, very severe macular degeneration, retinal infection (Cytomegalo virus, herpes), etc.
Swinging flashlight test: This is one of the most important objective tests for the detection and quantification of abnormalities of the retina, optic nerve, optic chiasm or optic tract.