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February 1985

Evaluation of the Honey Bee Lens

Author Affiliations

Livingston, NJ

Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(2):180-181. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050020032011

To the Editor.  —I refute herein the claim that the Honey Bee Lens provides continuous magnification and that it increases the field of vision from 10° to 30° in each eye, providing a full 60° of magnification binocularly. Visual fields were plotted through the Honey Bee Lens at a distance of 6.6 ft (2 m) and 20 ft (6 m) for a person with normal vision, and at 20 ft (6 m) for a patient with nystagmus. These plottings showed that the field of the telescope was in fact discontinuous, extending laterally only 21° and including two blind spots totaling 4°. Other disadvantages of the Honey Bee Lens are chromatic distortion, internal reflections, blurred images in the left and right telescopes, the impossibility of adding a spectacle correction, and the unsuitability for close vision.Since October 1981, even before its presentation at a scientific meeting or publication in professional literature,