Lazy Eye in Children and Adults Helped with Vision Therapy
Amblyopia [lazy eye] is the most common cause of monocular blindness in children. Shouldn't our ophthalmic and pediatric societies be advocating for early screening? Once the diagnosis is made, should we not offer our patients everything possible to treat this condition? Iris Stern, MD [More]
Then one day it seemed like someone threw the light switch and my eyes started working together again. I am living proof that a person can regain better vision even when they are older. [More]
He reads faster without having to close one eye, and he no longer gets frustrated when doing thinking tasks. [More]
... [first grade teacher] recommended that I have Ashley's mental capacity tested ... her gym teacher expressed concern ... After a year of therapy...on the Honor Roll ... wants to play more sports... Ashley has been helped tremendously.[More]
Since Vision Therapy my child can now SEE with BOTH eyes. When she started, one eye was 70% shut down giving only 30% vision in that eye.[More]
Another doctor referred Laura for Vision Therapy ... for her lazy eye. [More]
After Vision Therapy, I can now do everything with two eyes and rarely get headaches. My eyes work very well as a team, and I have tools to maintain my hard-earned gains for the rest of my life. [More]
Dr. X took Justin ... to where both eyes work...opened up Justin's world so he could see and do what normal sighted children can. [More]
I had no idea he was having so much trouble with his vision. After three months of Vision Therapy, his peripheral vision opened up ... he remembers to use both eyes to see. [More]
... his teachers have said "He's a different boy!" [More]
Before Vision Therapy, I never used to look people in the eyes when they are talking to me...Now I started looking people in the eyes without worrying about my lazy eye.[More]
... Vision Therapy is a great way to improve eyesight and teach eyes to work together.[More]
...when I first began to see the world pop out in 3D I felt a lot like a formerly paralyzed person jumping out of a wheelchair and doing a jig.[More]
Dr. X's treatment techniques gave Six an option other than the only one that had been available to Nikki in Belgium: surgery. But a procedure at age 2 corrected Nikki's vision problem for only five years, and surgeons said that they couldn't do anything more. [More]
I had no problem reading the bottom line on the acuity machine, but could not pass the depth perception test. ... I was diagnosed with hyperphoria and told that I could not be a pilot and would have to transition to navigator training. [More]
Read full stories below.
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When my optometrist and I finally figured out that I had lost binocular vision [two-eyed], it was a huge relief. I came to Dr. X hoping that we could fix the problem. Vision Therapy was slow going at first, but I stuck with it and slowly we started seeing improvements. Then one day it seemed like someone threw the light switch and my eyes started working together again. They continue to improve and it has been an uplifting and exciting experience.
Ryan's concentration has increased greatly. He doesn't struggle with memorizing any more. He reads faster without having to close one eye, and he no longer gets frustrated when doing thinking tasks.
My daughter Ashley was having great difficulty in the first
grade. When she began vision therapy with Dr. X, her grades
were low and her handwriting was below the standard of her
age group. The teacher was so concerned that she recommended
that I have Ashley's mental capacity tested. I knew that was
not the source of the problem because when I went over her
school work at home, she had no problem comprehending the
information. The trouble stemmed from her writing the information
My child, who was seven at the time, had just begun to have headaches. The event that called to our attenion that our daughter needed help with her eyes, was that our daughter, following an eye check at school, came home and told me that she could not see anything on the eye chart out of her left eye. The health nurse sent home a card telling the results of the test. At this point we had her examined by our optometrist, who immediately referred us to a developmental optometrist (vision therapy specialist). Since Vision Therapy my child can now SEE with BOTH eyes. When she started, one eye was 70% shut down giving only 30% vision in that eye. She has near normal vision now. She wears both contacts and glasses and is doing just great.
Benefits of Vision Therapy:
After the first three visits for Vision Therapy, she noticed that she could read better. After about 2 months, she noticed that when she covered her good eye, she could see better with her other eye. There was no more blurred or double vision.
From kindergarten through college, I have always needed to cover one eye for close focusing. I also suffered from severe daily headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
Justin was diagnosed at four-and-a-half years old with a lazy left eye and was put in corrective lenses. His eyes were checked every six months until he was six years old. At his 7th birthday exam, we expected the usual prescription but were stunned to learn that his eyes were not tracking together and that his right eye had pretty much shut down [suppression]. The doctor recommended Dr. X, as he was a specialist in problem eyes, especially children.
When my son Kasey came to you, I had no idea he was having so much trouble with his vision. He was ill throughout the third grade, he hated school, reading was a huge challenge for him and his writing was mostly unreadable. He couldn't write on the line. He had trouble with hitting the curb with his bike and hitting a baseball. He also suffered from occasional headaches. His school was considering holding him back a year.
Chase had a hard time at school. He seemed smart but was bad at reading and school work. He had headaches. [Diagnosis: Amblyopia, Strabismus, and Exotropia.]
Before I started going to Vision Therapy, I never used to look people in the eyes when they are talking to me and vice versa. Now I feel more comfortable and have noticed I started looking people in the eyes without worrying about my lazy eye.
Julieanne is able to see clearly at a distance. She can now see well from the back of the classroom. Her eyes seem to be more equal in strength now. She has fewer reversals in her numbers and letters.
Craig has not shown any indication of "lazy" eye since he has been working with Vision Therapy. Even though he has glasses, he has not needed to use them because his eyes are working as a team, giving him much stronger vision. Craig has always looked forward to his therapy. It's encouraging to know that he finds it enjoyable.
At Rachel's last reevaluation, she was seeing much better with her left eye (right eye covered) than when she began. Also, both of her eyes were working together much better. These changes have contributed to Rachel's improved disposition.
In softball, I make contact with the ball just about every time at bat! It is also easier to see smaller writing with my right eye. I think Vision Therapy is a great way to improve eyesight and teach eyes to work together. This program should continue. I would like to say thanks to everyone who has worked with me during my therapy.
When I was in 3rd or 4th grade, my mother took me for an eye exam. The doctor said that I had a lazy eye and prescribed some reading glasses and a plastic device [occluder] to cover the lens on the right eye [to force the child to use his left eye]. I was instructed to use the glasses while reading, and in school. Children being what they are, it only took a couple of comments, and I elected not to wear the glasses or patch in school.
Born with a turned-in eye, Susan Barry had three surgeries as a child, but the results were only cosmetic. Her eyes appeared straight but she did not have normal vision. Due to poor vision, Sue had problems learning to read in school, was put in a class of problem children, and had a hard time learning to drive.
When Ms. Barry was 48 years old, she did supervised vision therapy with an optometrist and gained the ability to see the world in three-dimensional depth (two-eyed depth perception). Read Sue Barry and others' stories about gaining 3D vision and depth perception.
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