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Novel use of a Franklin split lens for cycling with hemianopia

Crossland, MD; Reuben, M; Bedford, SL; (2022) Novel use of a Franklin split lens for cycling with hemianopia. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics , 42 (1) pp. 218-223. 10.1111/opo.12906. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: Optical rehabilitation for hemianopia includes the prescription of partial aperture prismatic lenses. Fresnel lenses for this purpose have poor optical quality, while bonded lenses have poor cosmesis and can only be made in glass, creating a potential hazard. Here we present an alternative lens type, which does not reduce contrast sensitivity and which can be made in plastic materials. / Methods: A rotated Franklin split lens was prescribed for the right eye only to provide a full aperture prismatic lens without using a Fresnel prism or bonded lenses. Using different refractive indices in each lens provided a minimal transition in thickness and an acceptable cosmetic appearance. This lens was prescribed to a 34-year-old woman with homonymous right hemianopia. Her contemporaneous comments are presented. / Results: The rotated Franklin split lens provided 18Δ over the temporal edge of the lens. The wearer noticed chromatic aberration with this lens, but was able to cycle comfortably when wearing the lens without any reduction in contrast. / Conclusions: A rotated Franklin split lens can be used for the optical rehabilitation of hemianopia. In this case study, cycling was possible with this lens.

Type: Article
Title: Novel use of a Franklin split lens for cycling with hemianopia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/opo.12906
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12906
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: bifocal, hemianopia, prism, visual field
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138858
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