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Question:
Can the shape of lenses (rectangular versus oval) undermine the effectiveness of a prism? My new rectangular glasses with prism aren't working properly. It feels like I can't hold my right eye straight at a distance. Previous lenses have always been oval and OK.

Answer:
I don't think the shape of the lenses is the problem. However, if the prism is in the wrong axis or direction or not appropriately placed you may have symptoms like these. I would have the glasses checked to make sure they were made correctly; and if so, have the measurements and refraction repeated to verify that the prescription was correct.

Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MDDr. Gary Hirshfield

Categories: Vision Correction

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Answered: Jul 25, 2013

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