A battery of colour vision tests was employed to evaluate visual function in patients with multiple sclerosis (M.S.). Colour deficits were found in 45% of patients tested with the Ishihara plates and 42.5% of patients tested with the FM 100-Hue test. 65% of M.S. patients failed at least one of the tests.
The colour vision deficits were not restricted to patients with optic neuritis or with visual evoked potential (VEP) abnormalities and there was no significant correlation between an abnormal VEP latency and a colour vision deficit. Colour vision testing may be a useful option to consider in the investigation of M.S. patients, even if there is no other evidence of visual system involvement.