A recent explanation of haidinger’s brushes and their clinical use

Elliott H Myrowitz

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The entopic phenomenon called “Haidinger’s brushes” (HB) is used both as a diagnostic testing procedure and as a feedback mechanism in visual training. A recent explanation of HB incorporating corneal birefringence is presented. This new theory also explains a clinical phenomenon found by this author. By using a “heat-treated” glass prism, a HB pattern can be enhanced, stopped, or reversed along a continuum of rotation. Clinical application of this phenomenon in testing macular integrity as well as in visual training is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalOptometry and Vision Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • Corneal birefringence
  • Haidinger’s brushes
  • Heat-treated prisms
  • Visual training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry


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