Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new eyeglasses aren’t just a new look – they have a special lens that’s used to treat double vision, eye doctors told The NY Post.
Clinton, recently treated for a blood clot near her brain after a fall, wore the Fresnel lens to aid her left eye during the Benghazi hearing.
“This kind of prism helps for people who are experiencing double vision,” said Dr. Vike Vicente, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Md.
“Anybody who’s had a head injury, as the Secretary of State did, it could affect the way your eyes move,” he said.
“She’ll be wearing these glasses instead of her contacts for a period of time because of lingering issues stemming from her concussion. With them on she sees just fine,” State Department spokesman Philippe Reines said Friday morning, after the Post wrote about Clinton’s new specs.
He added that Clinton “got a kick” out of seeing a light-hearted NY Magazine photo-essay of her various glasses-wearing poses during recent Senate testimony – which he said she saw “crystal clear.”
Sometimes people experiencing double vision need to stick with glasses, instead of the contacts Clinton has favored as Secretary of State, according to Dr. Mike Smith-Wheelock, the associate chair of the University of Michigan’s Opthamology Department.
“Once we get the prism magnification correct and the direction of the prism and the glasses too … then you can grind this prism prescription into the glasses so you can’t see it any more. You’d never know the difference,” he said.
Asked about her new specs Wednesday, Clinton said, “It helps me.”
Source: THE NEW YORK POST