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September 1957

Red Glass X-Ray Spectacles

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, U. S. Veterans Hospital (Wood, Wis.) and Marquette University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1957;58(3):465-467. doi:10.1001/archopht.1957.00940010479025

A green-free optically ground spectacle lens has been found to be eminently successful in providing rapid dark adaptation and other conveniences to both radiologists and internists who do a great deal of darkroom studies. The problem first arose in the case of an internist specializing in heart and lung. His corrective lenses were as follows: O. D. −1.75, ax 180, and O. S. −0.50 −2.50, ax 180, add +1.75 for near. The lenses were mounted in a red plastic frame including sides (Fig. 1). Most of his fluoroscopy was performed in the morning shortly upon arrival at the office. During the summer there was an eight-mile drive in the sun from his home to the office, and he found that it took doubly long to dark-adapt his eyes, in spite of any sunglasses that were worn. The same problem also disturbed a radiologist. The usual procedure was to wear the

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