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What are Reduced Prescriptions/Transition Lenses?
Under the principles of Natural Vision Improvement, we are guided to wear glasses only when we need them and wear 'reduced' prescriptions or step-down/transition lenses in order to relax the visual-nervous system and the extra-ocular muscles to minimize visual stress. Transition lenses, when used with the proper eye-cises and relaxation techniques result in better binocularity, improved clarity and general mind-body relaxation.
BEFORE YOUR EYE EXAM
You will need to provide your latest prescription and Summer will complete a personalized referral and reduction guidelines letter and email it directly to your Optometrist of Choice.
Sometimes for myopes (nearsighted) people with higher prescriptions (i.e.) over -5.0) they are given 2 prescriptions; one for driving for example and another for computer use in order to minimize near point stress.
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WHY do we recommend the above? !
Answer: Often prescriptions or advice vary substantially depending on your level of stress or the background of the professional you see - especially for children.
There are 2 primary reasons for this:
1. Vision is not static in any person.
Because peoples vision changes - and children's vision changes drastically with illness or any kind of stress, your test results are time-dependent. Visual exams take a visual "snap shot" and doing so at the wrong time can result in being given a prescription that is too strong most of the time. A prescription that is too strong and worn constantly will 'lock' your eyes and r nervous system in the state that was measured during the exam. This prevents natural visual fluctuations and flexibility resulting in visual decline.
Children's visual acuity tests vary widely If they feel stressed or under pressure during their eye exam. The most extreme example I am aware of was our client Chloe, an 11 year old client of ours visited 3 different optometrists. The first optometrist (that she felt was a little scary) tested her at +6.50 prescription. Her mother, feeling that was quite strong opted for a second opinion. The second Optometrist said she didn't feel Chloe needed glasses at all!!, and the third suggested a +4.50 prescription!. Another young client, saw two different Optometrists, the first gave her a -2.50 prescription and the second a -2.0 prescription. The same thing happens with adults. One of our clients was prescribed and sold bifocals (without astigmatism correction) and her second opinion recommended single lens readers with mild astigmatism correction!
2. The Prescribing of Glasses varies depending on the specialist you see:
Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, provided striking information.