What are Prism glasses?
Prism glasses are primarily used for correcting double vision. This can be achieved by either positional correction or convergence correction. Stay with us, it’s not that complicated. Prism lenses are essential to getting your eyes working together! No one wants double vision, right? The lenses work by allowing your brain to think your eyes are seeing 1 image again, instead of two. They do this by using the properties of a Prism to bend the image to a place where your brain can process it more easily. This correction can come in many forms and a Prism value in your prescription can be one of them. At least 60% of the world’s population requires some form of vision correction in order to see properly.
What is Double Vision?
The medical term for double vision, diplopia, occurs when a person sees two identical images when using both eyes, instead of just one image. Sometimes, people who have blurred vision have diplopia, as the images they see are only slightly separated – resulting in ‘fuzziness’.
Who needs Prism glasses?
Binocular double vision (using both eyes) usually occurs when the muscles around the eye, which move your eyes up, down, left and right, don’t work properly. Because of this, the orientation of both eyes isn’t focused on the same image, which is why people with double vision see two images. Keep in mind, there are some other causes for double vision, so if you’re experiencing this phenomenon, we definitely recommend getting checked out by an eye doctor.
So how does a Prism work then?
Scientifically speaking, Prisms are a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces. They work by refracting light. To you and us, that means they bend light from the straight path it travels into another path. This is how Prism lenses ‘trick’ your brain into combining both images your eyes see into 1 single image. Pretty smart, huh?
Do you offer Prism glasses?
Yes, we sure do! We offer Prism glasses at all of our locations! Our Opticians will help you choose your favorite frames and the doctor will provide your prescription, which will, of course, include your Prism Your beautiful new pair of corrective Prism glasses will be made in our lab and sent straight to your door. It couldn’t be easier.
We are strong advocates of single vision!