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Correcting the chromatic anisometropia of red-green glasses and its effect on stereoaccuracy

1 March 1987


Negative effects on stereoaccuracy induced by commonly used red-green filters have been a subject of recent investigation1. This study was designed to determine if correcting, with lenses, the chromatic anisometropia induced by these red-green filters could increase the accuracy of stereopsis. The lens power difference needed to correct the chromatic anisometropia was found to be 0.37°, divided between the two eyes. In the control condition the subjects viewed the Randot Circle Stereotest with only the required polarizing glasses. One of the remaining two test conditions used the polarizers in combination with red-green filters, while for the other condition the chromatic anisometropia from the red-green filters was corrected with appropriate lenses. The amount of light transmitted by the filters was kept constant. The chromatic anisometropia correction over the red-green filters significantly reduced stereopsis errors induced by the red-green filters alone (21%, p < 0.05). However, the correction only partially restored stereopsis to control values. A mild anisometropic correction added to the red-green glasses could help improve stereopsis in most individuals.


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