Treating Amblyopia At Harrel Vision Therapy Center In Tulsa, Oklahoma
How Does Vision Therapy Compare To Eye Patching?
Amblyopia, commonly referred to as Lazy Eye, occurs when the brain and the eye are not working in unison. This results in decreased vision in an eye that otherwise seems healthy.
Traditionally, patching the better seeing eye was the only method used to treat amblyopia. However, it is very uncomfortable, has limited results past a certain age, and does not develop the patient’s normal binocular vision or depth perception.
Vision therapy, however, can help improve the amblyope’s visual abilities by using a series of personalized exercises to improve eye coordination, depth perception and reduce suppression (where the brain inhibits –suppresses– blurred or double vision by ignoring the image of one of the eyes).
Speak with Dr. Monte Harrel from Harrel Vision Therapy Center and discover how vision therapy can help you or your child with amblyopia.
Research has shown that amblyopia is caused by the brain’s inability to use both eyes as a team. In fact, the brain actively ignores the incoming information from one of the eyes. Further to poor visual acuity, those with amblyopia are prone to difficulties with depth perception, eye movements related to reading, and visual decision making when driving.
A “lazy eye” is not at all lazy or weak.
A lazy eye is likely to be just as strong as the other eye, but because of impaired binocular vision, the signals from the amblyopic eye have been turned off.
It is important to note that a child with amblyopia can show no symptoms. It is therefore imperative to undergo a comprehensive eye examinations to identify whether the child has or is at risk of developing amblyopia. Amblyopia is treatable at any age, although the earlier the problem is found and treated, the more successful the outcome tends to be.
How Long Does VT Take To Help With Lazy Eye?
For some people, gains can be experienced fairly soon, while it may take others up to 6 months to realize significant results. This, however, depends on each patient, their unique therapy regimen and their adherence to the vision therapy program.