The Pulfrich phenomenon: Practical implications of the assessment of cases and effectiveness of treatment: Practical implications of the assessment of cases and effectiveness of treatment

Jane Farr, Emily McGarva, Jenny Nij Bijvank, Hans van Vliet, Hinke Marijke Jellema, Michael D. Crossland, Axel Petzold

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The Pulfrich phenomenon, originally described in normal observers, is a treatable disorder of the perception of movement in depth in cases of unilateral or asymmetric optic neuropathy. Treatment is highly bespoke and factors influencing treatment response and failure remain unclear. We assessed 25 adults with suspected Pulfrich phenomenon due to a range of conditions in two tertiary referral centres. Monocularly tinted spectacles were successful in reducing symptoms of the Pulfrich phenomenon under daylight conditions in nine subjects, eight of whom had optic neuritis. These spectacles were not effective at night and in patients with visual field defects due to ischaemic optic neuropathy, glaucoma, optic disc drusen or severe peripapillary retinal nerve fibre loss on optical coherence tomography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018


  • Pulfrich
  • Visual illusions
  • depth perception
  • optic neuritis
  • visual rehabilitation

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