So, you’ve had your initial consultation with our behavioural optometrist specialist in Melbourne, Dr Michael Christian. The next stage is to begin the therapeutic journey with prism glasses. You might have already brought along some glasses frames that you like to the consultation, but if you haven’t, we have a comprehensive array of glasses frames for you to choose from.
We have all manner of glasses frames, from the subtle and classic to the colourful and creative. Once you select a frame, the right lenses are also chosen for your prism glasses by Dr Christian. Your new prism glasses for double vision are ready for collection 1 to 2 weeks after your initial appointment. During the collection consultation, an important adjustment called a prismatic integration process takes place which will help your body to adapt to your new prism glasses.
Prism lenses are a technological advance in optometry that involves the theories of Quantum Ophthalmic Optics. Opening the discipline of optometry to the quantum field dramatically increases the possibilities and solutions that optometry can provide. Couple this with the scientifically proven theory of neuroplasticity and things really get interesting.
Neuroplasticity posits that the brain’s cells can be renewed, changed, joined and arranged into new patterns. This malleability of the brain’s neural pathways means that new pathways can be written into the brain with repeated use. This ability allows new skills to be learnt – for example, the eye muscles can learn to see with better vision as they get stronger.
So, how do prism glasses work? Put simply, prism lenses are designed to refract light in a specific way that guarantees that light enters your eye appropriately. The use of Prism lenses for double vision, which is sometimes also referred to as diplopia, is very common, as well as to reengage and redirect eye muscles to work correctly to change eye shape and vision. People can experience diplopia while intoxicated or nauseous, but some experience it constantly due to deterioration, infection, medical condition, or injury.
Persistent diplopia means that light is not hitting both your retinas identically. Your eyes work together to project the same image, but how information on that image is gathered will affect its nature. If light hits one of your eyes in a markedly different manner to the other, your eyes may project the same image twice but just slightly apart.
Double vision can be an ongoing condition with challenges of its own, but left untreated, it can compound your troubles. Untreated diplopia can further strain your eyesight and result in near- or far-sightedness as well as give you regular eye fatigue.
Prism eyeglasses counteract this by redirecting light to the proper spot on both your retinas. By perfectly matching light refraction on both eyes, they ensure that there’s no difference and therefore no chance of seeing the same image twice before you.
When properly prescribed by our reliable optometrist in Melbourne, prism glasses can eliminate double vision for good. However, just because the science behind them is relatively straightforward doesn’t mean just anyone can sell you a pair! Improper prescriptions will only worsen your vision over time. If you’ve been prescribed and sold the wrong prism glasses, you’ll feel it clearly in the pounding in your head and the nausea in your gut.
In other words, you don’t want these being offered to you by anyone besides professionals! And we want to spare you that trouble here at Microprism Optics.
We have a large assortment of prism glasses and frames. If you’re not sure what lenses you need, book in for an appointment with our behavioural optometrist today. Call us on (03) 9606 0330 or send us a message online.