FAQs for New PRI Vision Friends
Q. What is the PRI Vision Program?
Answer: The PRI Vision Program is a medical model that uses the combination of Postural Restoration Institute ® physical therapy principles, and neuro-optometry principles, to achieve changes in how the brain and body communicate. It minimizes or eliminates over-active muscle use, and stimulates under-active muscles to create situations that allow for pain free function in any part of the body. Vision has a tremendous influence in body posture and how the muscles and joints of the body move and function. Over 70% of all the connections in our brain relate in some way to our vision, but only part of these connections are concerned with how clearly we see. For example, a significant portion of nerve fibers that leave the eye go to a part of the brain that sends signals to the posturing muscles in our back and neck. The PRI Vision Program looks at this interaction and addresses how this can influence chronic pain problems, poor sleep patterns, dizziness, and poor balance to name a few. We can help you turn “off” over active muscles, and turn “on” lazy muscles so that your body works as it should. This helps eliminate stress to the joints, muscles, head, and neck.
Q: Why is there a Self Assessment Form?
A: To help us determine if you are a candidate for the services provided at PRI Vision and to help us determine what other considerations should be made prior to making an appointment. We don’t want you to waste your time or money if you are not a good candidate for our treatments.
Q: Who is the Self Assessment Form for?
A: Anyone who may have chronic back pain/tension, neck pain/tension, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, dizziness, Temporal-Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD).
—If you have seen an ENT for treatment and still have unresolved issues/symptoms.
—If you feel you would personally benefit from our services based on any information/research you have gained about back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, dizziness, TMD, or based on our input you received from reading this website.
—If you have vestibular or balance issues (or any other issues for that matter) you feel may be related to your vision.
Q: Why is it helpful to fill out the Self Assessment Form?
A: There is very specific information in the Self Assessment Form that we are looking for to determine if our services would be beneficial to you in any way to help minimize and/or eliminate the symptoms you may be experiencing. This form also helps us in determining what level of services will be required and if additional input will be required prior to your appointment.
Q. How is a prescription from a PRI Vision Optometrist different than one from another eye doctor?
Answer: First, you will have your prescription determined while you are standing and with a specialized trial frame on, instead of being in a seated position and looking through two small holes in a machine. This allows us to evaluate you in a more natural and common functional position. Secondly, we have found that in many cases, the lens that allows the patient to see the most clearly is different in a standing position than in a seated position. Also, the prescription that allows for perfect clarity for distances will often “lock” parts of your body into a dysfunctional way of working, and make the pain and problems worse. This is precisely what we are trying to change. Only a PRI Physical Therapist working with a PRI Vision Optometrist can assess what prescription will allow you to function without pain or other symptoms, while seeing as well as you can. This is a science and a process that is exclusive to PRI Vision, and only professionals trained in the PRI Vision process can do what we do.
Q. How long will it take for me to get used to my new glasses?
Answer: Everyone’s brain and visual perception is different. Several factors may increase the amount of time it takes for your brain to adjust. These factors may include: an aggressive change in prescription from your current glasses, whether you are used to wearing contact lenses or not, lack of previous or prolonged time without eyeglass wear, poor compliance with prescribed wearing schedule, and whether you use bifocals or not (either lined or unlined). Keep in mind the PRI Vision Program is focused on making neurological changes for your long term, whole body well-being. Although changing how your brain uses your visual information may not be an easy adjustment, our methods provide consistent success when our patients show committed effort and patience. The benefits far outweigh the temporary adjustments that you may go through.
Q. Will I always need glasses to continue feeling better?
Answer: In most cases, no, and this is part of the beauty of the PRI Vision process. As you continue working through your PRI Vision Program, the physical activities you are prescribed are reinforcing your new brain/body function, as well as your brain’s ability to adopt and maintain these changes. The longer the incorrect posture or patterns have been present, the longer it will likely take to achieve and maintain the desired changes. Our goal is to help patients learn and maintain their new pattern so well, that it no longer matters if they have on a PRI Vision prescription or not.