"Z.R." - Adult Treatment of Lazy Eye, Amblyopia & Strabismus
I have sufffered from a lazy eye in my right eye from a very young age. My right eye would turn inwards whenever I was tired.
At the age of six, a doctor recommended I wear an eye patch. I wore the eye patch for about a year. This did not change my condition.
Having a lazy eye growing up made me very self-conscious about my looks. I was always worried to look people in the eye for a prolonged period of time when I spoke to them, out of embarrassment of my eye turning and them noticing.
I also always had a problem with catching anything that was thrown my way. I had no idea it had to do with the lazy eye but I learned since going to vision therapy that this had to do with the fact that both my eyes were not working together and, therefore, I had no depth perception.
Since going to vision therapy, my lazy eye is nearly non-existent. I am no longer self-conscious and am now able to make eye contact when I speak to people. Another amazing benefit is that I am no longer the uncoordinated klutz I always thought I was.
Due to vision therapy, my depth perception has dramatically improved and I can now engage in hand eye coordination sports very well. I would definitely recommend this treatment to any adult or parent whose child has a lazy eye.
Had this therapy been available when I was growing up, I believe I would have been engaged in a lot more activities and not have been insecure about my appearance.
BERNSTEIN CENTER COMMENTS: Z.R.'s "lazy eye" was caused by strabismus (wandering eye), a medical condition affecting the Visual Information Gathering System (the eyes themselves). But the medical condition also caused her to have amblyopia (lazy eye) - a misfunction of the Visual Information Processing System (the brain and entire system which processes input from the eyes). The physical symptom (wandering eye when she was tired) was also contributing to her coordination problems - the brain was ignoring the input from the lazy eye - causing depth perception and coordination problems.
Vision Therapy was able to make great improvements in both conditions - and dramatically changed her visual performance. It is not unusual for patients to have several related "causes" to their visual problem.
A comprehensive eye exam and vision therapy are very useful tools in diagnosing the right condition(s) and recommending the correct course of vision therapy. Vision Therapy is a series of therapeutic sessions and eye training exercises specifically designed for each patient's condition.