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What is therapeutic eyewear?

Therapeutic eyewear refers to eyeglasses or other vision correction devices that are specifically designed to address certain eye conditions or visual problems beyond typical refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These specialized eyewear options are often prescribed by eye care professionals to help manage or alleviate specific visual issues.

Examples of therapeutic eyewear include:

  1. Prism Glasses: These glasses incorporate prisms to help individuals with eye alignment problems, such as strabismus (crossed eyes) or binocular vision disorders.
  2. Tinted Lenses: Some eyeglasses are tinted or coated with special filters to reduce glare, enhance contrast, or alleviate light sensitivity. They can be beneficial for individuals with conditions like photophobia or certain types of visual stress.
  3. Low Vision Aids: For individuals with significant vision impairment or low vision, special glasses with magnifying lenses, telescopic lenses, or other optical aids may be prescribed to enhance their remaining vision.
  4. Computer Glasses: These are designed to reduce eye strain and discomfort associated with prolonged computer use. They may have coatings that minimize glare and blue light exposure.
  5. Sports Vision Glasses: Athletes may use specialized eyewear to enhance their visual performance during sports activities. These glasses may have features like impact resistance, UV protection, and specific tints to improve contrast.
  6. Orthokeratology Lenses: These are specialized contact lenses worn overnight to temporarily reshape the cornea, providing clear vision during the day. They are often used for myopia control.

It’s essential to consult with an eye care professional to determine the most appropriate therapeutic eyewear for an individual’s specific needs. The prescription and design of such eyewear are tailored to address the unique visual challenges faced by the wearer.