Correction of the Pulfrich phenomenon by surgery and laser

Charles J.M. Diaper, Gordon Heron, Ewen S. MacMillan

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Abstract

We describe 2 patients who presented with asymmetrical media changes and a spontaneous Pulfrich phenomenon. In the first case, the phenomenon was due to cataract formation and an interocular latency difference of 1.49 ms ± 0.07 (SD) was found. After cataract surgery, the symptoms resolved and no interocular latency difference could be measured. In the second case, the phenomenon was caused by posterior capsule opacification and an interocular latency difference of 1.16 ± 0.08 ms was found. The symptoms were alleviated and no interocular latency difference could be measured after a neodymium:YAG laser capsulotomy was performed. The symptomatology of the Pulfrich phenomenon is often difficult for patients to explain. Clinicians should be aware of the phenomenon with cataract patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002

Keywords

  • cataract formation
  • Pulfrich phenomenon
  • vision science

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