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AMBLYOPIA (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia also known as lazy eye is a condition where one eye has clearer vision when compared to the other eye, even when corrected with glasses or contacts. It is a vision problem that occurs during early childhood.

 

It can be caused from something blocking the light into the eye, an imbalance in the prescription between both eyes, or an eye being turned in or out. Safety is a concern when someone has this concern due to the reduced vision in one eye.

Symptoms of amblyopia include:

  • Poor coordination

  • Slower reading speeds & comprehension

  • Decreased depth perception

  • Clumsy and/or accident prone

Beyond Patching Solutions

 

Recent advancements have provided other options beyond patching as it can be very uncomfortable, has limited results, and does not develop the binocular system. Our individualized treatments focus on two-eyed coordination while also  including visual processing, oculomotor tracking, and accommodation (focusing). Any age can benefit from this type of visual training.

 

The results show:

  • better visual acuity

  • increased depth perception

  • improved reading speeds

  • enhanced visual processing abilities

STRABISMUS (Turned or Crossed Eye)

Strabismus is when the eye wanders in, out, up or down and causes the eyes to aim at two different places. When the aims are not working together as a team, it causes double vision and frequently suppression (or shutting off) of one of the images in the brain. This can also result in stereo blindness.

Treatments

Personalized treatment is done through one-on-one sessions where the connections between the eyes and the brain are strengthened, not just the muscles themselves. Our approach goes beyond patching and includes balance, coordination, and cognitive activities to improve binocular vision, all through non-surgical means. Our success rates are very high and kids enjoy this treatment. 

All ages can be helped including adults and those who have had previous surgeries. Training the eyes to work together can take a considerable length of time depending on the severity of each individual case.

One approach is surgical alignment of the eyes which will make the eyes appear straight but does not address the visual functioning of the eyes. One eye is often still turned off or suppressed. Over time the eyes can begin to turn again and another operation is needed. When surgery is indicated, it is best done in tandem with visual training.

Call to set up a binocular evaluation today.