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What Is the Vision Therapy Approach to Treating Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)?

Individuals with a lazy eye (amblyopia) are unable to see 20/20 in the amblyopic eye. This is because the amblyopic eye suffers from several problems at the brain level:
  • Poor tracking ability
  • Poor focusing ability
  • Poor signal processing to the brain
  • Poor ability to process input from both eyes simultaneously
When we perform vision therapy on our patients with amblyopia, we are enhancing their visual skills at the brain level so that the brain is able to adequately process visual information as well as move the eye more accurately. We achieve this with drills that directly target the skills of tracking, focusing, and binocular eye teaming.

How Is This Different Than Patching?

Most eye doctors will recommend patching the good eye in order to force the amblyopic eye to work. However, many patients often hit a plateau in the improvement they see because no work has been done to get the patient to process input from both eyes simultaneously. The binocular, or two eyed, treatment that we offer in vision therapy allows us to attain superior results for our patients when it comes to amblyopia treatment. These lazy eye or amblyopia exercises allow us to specifically target the deficits in our patients, enabling them to improve vision faster with improvement in depth perception. It also means that our patients don’t need to spend as much time patching as other doctors would recommend!

Call us today if you have questions about amblyopia treatment!

Successful Case Studies

  • Learning Difficulties

    Patient 1: LF, 39 year old male. Extremely slow reader ever since childhood, took 15 years to get his bachelor’s degree. He heard about vision therapy and wanted to see if it could improve his reading. Exam results: nearsighted in both eyes with small amounts of astigmatism mild convergence insufficiency (poor…

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  • Strabismus (Eye Turns)

    Patient 1: JS, 10 year old female. Her eyes drift outward alternately. Is also nearsighted and also wearing orthokeratology overnight lenses to see clearly. Also has a tendency to skip over small words when reading and ignores many details. When doing math problems she frequently misaligns numbers. Exam results: When…

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  • Myopia Control

    Patient 1: YS, 13 year old male. Mother was concerned about his eyesight deteriorating year after year. Just recently got new glasses which were much stronger than his old ones. Exam results: Needs ­-2.75 in both eyes to see 20/20 but other testing reveals that he should be capable of…

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  • Amblyopia

    Patient 1: CG, 6 year old male. Mom just found out that he had amblyopia in both eyes and wants to see if we could quickly treat it and get him to normal. Exam results: Highly farsighted in both eyes with astigmatism Both eyes see 20/100 only (5 times the…

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  • Myopia Control

    Does your child’s eyesight continually get worse year after year? Small deviations in visual alignment may be inducing excess stress on your child’s eyes and causing eyesight to worsen rapidly. We can…

  • Learning Difficulties

    Abnormalities in the focusing system and eye teaming skills can make reading extremely difficult for children and adults alike. We can help you attain maximum academic and work potential.

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology is a treatment for myopia which utilizes a specially designed contact lens worn during sleep. The lens reshapes the eye so that the patient is able to see clearly during the…

  • Eye Turn (strabismus)

    In many types of strabismus we are able to straighten the eyes through natural therapy without resorting to invasive eye muscle surgery. We retrain the brain to utilize both eyes simultaneously to…

  • Lazy Eye (amblyopia)

    We can treat lazy eye and help get your child’s eyesight to normal. If you’ve tried patching and vision has stopped improving after hitting a plateau, give us a call and we…