FAQs for Current Patients
FAQs for Current PRI Vision Patients
Q. Why is my vision more clear with my old glasses or contacts?
Answer: Although how clearly you see is important, the purpose of your new prescription is primarily to train your brain to use your vision differently. This often requires a change in your prescription that may slightly change the way you see, at least temporarily, when you compare your vision to your old glasses. “Perfect 20/20” vision is often what most of us are used to when we wear our glasses. However, the prescription that creates the absolute clearest vision, is often NOT the right one to help you utilize all your visual functions in the best way. This is probably a big reason why you came to us in the first place! It’s all about finding a balance between best possible sight, and functional vision. During your Dynamic Integrated Vision Assessment (DIVA), we frequently ask how you feel about how your sight as we test you. This is to gauge how easily you will adjust to your new PRI Vision Eyewear. IT WILL GET BETTER WITH TIME AND PATIENCE. Some adjustment is necessary, although each patient is different in how long that process will take.
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, as our patient testimonials show.
Q. What if the glasses stop working?
Answer: The most important thing to not lose sight of is that PRI Vision is a process. In some cases, the effect you first experience with your glasses may seem to “wear off”. This is due to a very natural process, called adaptation. As humans, it is natural to try to avoid discomfort. Changing how your brain, joints, and muscles communicate and work for the better isn’t always 100% comfortable. There may be times when your brain may try to go back to the old way by figuring out how to stop using the new prescription the way we want it to. Often, your PRI physical therapist (if you were we referred to us by one) may have noted your tendency to adapt as they have worked with you. If so, this will be a big consideration as changes in your eyewear prescription are trialed during your evaluation, and also when your treatment plan is developed. Ultimately, there is no way to know for sure which patients will experience this, or how quickly it may happen. If adaptation occurs, you will be re-evaluated to determine if eyewear is still needed as part of the treatment program, or if adjustments need to be made to help you continue on your way to feeling healed and rejuvenated.
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.
Q. What if I don’t feel as good with my new glasses as I felt in the office during my evaluation?
Answer: Many factors influence the effect your glasses will have. The accuracy with which the prescription was made into glasses, including the lens material and frame size, is the main one. A PRI Vision prescription has much stricter standards than the average glasses prescription. Additionally, a bifocal lens, whether lined or unlined, may also change how you feel, and there is no way to assess this prior to receiving your new eyewear. Keeping your frame properly adjusted, especially the straightness of the frame as it sits on your face, is very important. A frame that sits even slightly crooked changes the prescription you are looking through, and may hamper or even reverse your progress. If you suspect there is a problem, you need to first have your lens prescription verified for accuracy to ensure it precisely matches your PRI Vision prescription within the standards required. Once your prescription has been verified, schedule an appointment with your PRI physical therapist, or other referring health care professional so they may evaluate you with your new eyewear, to determine whether re-evaluation by the PRI Vision Optometrist is needed. There is usually a good reason if this happens, so these are the steps you must take to find the reason why.
Q. Why do I need to be seen again by the PRI Vision Team?
Answer: There are a few important reasons for this. First, if you wore glasses before starting the PRI Vision Program to see more clearly, or if your new glasses hold you physically and neurologically where you need to be, you will need to be re-evaluated to determine your final prescription as you discharge active treatment. This is to ensure that you are able to maintain the changes you have made in your new pain or symptom free lifestyle, regardless of what prescription you have in your glasses. Secondly, you should be re-evaluated if the effect of the PRI Vision Program eyewear prescription is no longer evident, which may mean adaptation has occurred, or you are not progressing in your PRI or other physical therapy program as expected. Your physical therapist or other health care professional may suspect your vision is continuing to influence this and therefore, you will need further evaluation by our PRI Vision Team to solve the problem. Generally speaking, all patients will be seen for at least one follow-up to gauge whether the vision component to their healing program has been adequately addressed, and to make sure they are functioning at as high a level as possible, both visually and physically.
Q. Do I still need to see my regular eye doctor?
Answer: Yes. Regular eye health evaluations are highly recommended to check for eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, at least every couple of years. Most eye diseases do not affect how clearly you see until you have had them for a long time. Because our focus is on your higher visual functioning, this is not part of your PRI Vision Evaluation. We ask that you do not fill any eyeglass or contact prescriptions from another eye doctor while undergoing your PRI Vision Program.Please call us with any questions regarding this.