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Date: 1/12/12 8:27 PM

I was diagnosed years ago with esophoria---one eye drifts in when I am fatigued. When it moves slightly off center I can concentrate and center my focus so the image is fused and not double. On Tuesday, for the first time I lost control of my left eye when I was driving in the rain and wiped out two mailboxes on my street . It sure was embarrassing trying to explain that one to my neighbors and my husband. The best I could come up with was it was like visual vertigo.

I went directly to my optometrist because even though I was able to rest my eye for a moment, I could tell I still had some residual double vision. After about an hour of working with me, she was able to help me fuse the images back together. She wants to slowly try new prescriptions over the next few weeks. Today I picked up my new, weaker strength distance glasses since under-correction seemed to help. Next will be the new prescriptions for separate reading glasses for mid-and close vision. She told me I may have to go to prism lenses.

Correcting my close vision is always the hardest. I usually end up taking my glasses off and putting the object up close to my face. (You should see me hand hemming!). I would be willing to deal with the side effect of prism glasses-- my left eye will probably stay turned in all the time-- if I could see clearly close up.

Does anyone else have experience with prism glasses?


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Date: 1/13/12 7:19 AM

I doubt that my experience will be helpful to you, but my son wore them for 2 years from ages 5 to 7. He was born with strabismus and after wearing an eye patch for about 6 months he had his eyes straightened surgically. At age 5 the opposite eye began to turn out. The doctor put him in prism glasses. His eyes looked straight when he wore them and he never complained about not seeing properly. After 2 years, however, the one eye was still turning out. He had a second surgery. There were times when he was tired that we would notice some wandering, but he's now 31 and everything is fine. No issues whatsoever.

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Date: 1/13/12 9:31 AM

I am not familiar with prism glasses, only that you can read while laying in bed. I am very familiar with pinhole glasses as I have lazy eye and my eyes get strained with too much computer time. The pinholes have worked wonders for me; even to the point of getting my vision back without regular glasses, for a time (I haven't used them as much as I did back then). Just 15 minutes or so a day and I'm fine.

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Date: 1/13/12 9:40 AM

My son wears prism glasses. He has for about 9 years.

I do not know the medical terminology, but he has double vision, unless he tilts his head to the left. With the glasses he is able to see single vision and keep his head up straight.

Without the glasses ball sports are impossible as he does not know which ball to hit, kick or catch.

His glasses do not look different or odd, they look like regular glasses.

Oh and he was able to get the ones that turn into sun glasses outside.

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Date: 1/13/12 10:21 AM

This sounds just my experiences when I was young, I just didn't know how to describe it. The blurry vision was attributed to extreme nearsightedness. Except for close work, my vision didn't give me much trouble when I started wearing hard contacts at age 11. I would read at school by holding things away from me, and take my contacts off at home to read with things up next to my face.

My crossed eye wasn't very apparent until I was in my twenties when I suspect I needed bifocals. The eye doctor showed me prism glasses, which were very bulky and bizarre looking. I told her no thanks. I'm glad to see that the lenses don't look so strange anymore.

From what I've read, as an adult there is an adjustment period of several weeks to get used to prisms. I don't know what will happen with 3 sets of glasses.

She also told me that many more patients are being diagnosed with this problem with the popular release of 3-D movies. You can't view 3-D properly with out true binocular vision.

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Date: 1/13/12 10:39 AM

Elizajo, my son is now 15 and resisted wearing has glasses for the last year or so. His eye specialist said not to worry. His glasses also correct mild nearsightedness.

Well over Christmas he became a prolific writer, (40,000 words and counting). He went and found his glasses on his own and is happily wearing them again.

I do not think he will be able to drive without them, but that is a few months away still.

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Date: 1/13/12 7:17 PM

I wore prism glasses many years ago for the same reason - weak eye muscle that got weaker as I got older. In 1986 even the prism glasses didn't help any more. My eye doctor sent me to a specialist and I had surgery to shorten up my muscle and correct the problem. I was born in 1956 and they didn't recognize the problem back in the day, but now they do the eye muscle surgery on babies. My surgery was done by a pediatric eye surgeon and it worked like a charm. For many years after the surgery, I didn't even have to wear glasses any more. I wear bifocals now, but that's old age. With all of the new modern laser surgery, I can't imagine it would'nt be even easier to correct your condition now. The surgery I had in 86 was out patient and my eye healed very quickly. You might want to ask your eye doctor about surgical correction. I went to many eye doctors before any of them even mentioned surgery as an option.

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Date: 1/13/12 8:57 PM

I was told that it is considered cosmetic surgery now, that prism glasses are considered the primary treatment. Maybe that's because of my age. I'll have to check into it further if glasses don't fix my problem, because I don't have the funds now for cosmetic surgery.

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Date: 1/14/12 4:04 PM

WOW! It's so nice to find others with Prisms. I've had to have a prism in my glasses for decades. Back in the early day, they didn't know how to include them in glasses with bifocals(I've been wearing bifocals since I was about 12). I would have to use these press on things...UGH, awful. I have since found a doc who can get my prisms installed within the glass and I'm now wearing progressives. I don't know what my medical diagnosis is, but the doc described it to me as: when a person is cross eyed, their eyes aim towards their nose, mine aim off to the side of my face. It's not noticable if you are looking at me, but it causes my words to develop halos if I'm not using prism glasses. Doc said he has only known one other person with my type of eyes

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Date: 1/15/12 0:11 AM

I was born cross eyed and had two surgeries to correct as a child. Then I developed lazy eye. By the time I was in my 30's, my lazy eye was getting terribly pronounced.
If you are near Baton Rouge - Dr. Black who is a pediatric eye surgeon is great. He does do surgery on adults too, and my lazy eye has not gone lazy again since he did the surgery. (And he got the insurance to pay).
I've never seen in 3D at all. After the surgery they did some tests on that sort of thing, but I failed them. At least my eye isn't wandering anymore though.

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