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OPTOMETRIC VISION THERAPY

Strabismus Amblyopia

Strabismus is defined as a misalignment of the eyes.  It can range from being very obvious to very subtle, from occurring all the time (constant) to occurring occasionally (intermittent), from one or both eyes turning in (Esotropia) or out (Exotropia).

The Visual impact of strabismus:

Headaches

Double Vision

Reduced Depth Perception

Poor Spatial Localization

Visual Processing Problems

Self-esteem issues due to appearance of “crossed eyes” or “wandering eyes”

Surgery is the common treatment option for strabismus.  However, surgery only treats the cosmetic elements of strabismus.

Most often a second or third surgery is required because it does not restore binocular vision (the brains ability to use both eyes as a team).  Optometric vision therapy can provide both, a cosmetic improvement where the two eyes look straight, as well as a functional improvement where the two eyes are working together correctly.  Thus, providing longer lasting results.

Amblyopia is commonly known as a “lazy eye”.  It occurs when one eye doesn’t see as clearly as the other, even with glasses or contacts.

Recent research shows that a “lazy eye” is not lazy at all.   It is due to the brain actively ignoring the information coming from one eye.   Amblyopia is often the result of long-term suppression of the eye’s signal to the brain.You can’t “see” amblyopia by looking at someone.  It is important to note that a child with amblyopia rarely has any symptoms.  In addition to poor visual acuity, people with amblyopia often have difficulties with depth perception, eye movements related to reading, and visual decision making while driving. Patching and atropine drops are common treatments for amblyopia. Patching and drops are only working to improve one eye at a time. Typically, regression will occur because you are not training both eyes to work together, also creating a lack of binocular vision. The latest neuroscience shows that Amblyopia is treatable at any age. And it is best treated with optometric vision therapy NOT patching or atropine drops because it can improve binocular vision and depth perception along with other functional vision skills, leading to longer lasting results.