TREATMENT – BEYOND PATCHING
Amblyopia does not mean a child has one “good” eye and one “bad” eye. Rather, both eyes typically have reduced visual function. Depth perception, focusing, and eye movement skills are typically lacking in both eyes, not just the amblyopic eye.
Amblyopia therapy aims at improving the vision while both eyes are open.
Until recent advancements, treating amblyopia with an eye patch was the general model of care. However, patching:
- Is very uncomfortable for the patient
- Has multiple negative side effects
- Does not usually develop the patient’s ability to obtain normal binocular vision with depth perception
- Is a crude, over 150-year-old method that has been proven inferior in current research
Now, there are better evidence-based methods for treating amblyopia that go beyond patching. New research shows that age is not a barrier to treatment for Amblyopia when the patient, even an adult patient, is participating in visually interesting techniques that are engaging and designed to “turn-on” the brain function of both eyes working together. Yes, with advanced methods, adults with Amblyopia can be successfully treated as well!
With Vision Therapy, we can give the patient neurological stimulation and feedback, which facilitates the ability to use both eyes together. We utilize interactive games and activities to improve the brain’s utilization of binocular teaming, depth perception, ocular motor skills, and much more. Lenses, prisms, and colored filters are used to improve the patient’s vision and eye-teaming while both eyes are open.