Binocular vision dysfunction is an ocular condition that occurs when the eyes don’t align properly (e.g., strabismus or lazy eye or convergence insufficiency). Although our brains try to correct this misalignment, it isn’t without considerable effort and this results in a range of symptoms.
Reading and Learning
Reading and Learning difficulties may be associated with vision disorders. They can include double vision or poor tracking, focusing, eye teaming, or reading comprehension. It is important to rule out a vision disorder to determine if it is affecting reading and learning. These difficulties may often be found in children with dyslexia or ADD/ADHD, and even in patients misdiagnosed with disorders such as ADHD.
Adult Vision Therapy
Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for specialized vision care as children. When people have trouble using both eyes together or can't focus for great lengths of time, they do not simply grow out of these problems. Children with visual problems often become adults with visual problems.
Tracking Difficulties & More
Children with tracking problems may show the following behaviors or signs: frequent loss of place during reading, skipping lines, omitting and substituting words during reading, head movement or finger pointing during reading, slow reading speed, poor copying. Reduced tracking ability can also cause poor eye hand coordination which can impact the childs ability to excel in sports.
Strabismus & Amblyopia
Strabismus, or crossed eyes, is the inability to point both eyes in the same direction at the same time. Strabismus may cause double vision. To avoid seeing double, vision in one eye may be ignored resulting in a lazy eye (amblyopia). Strabismus and or Amblyopia often develops in infants and young children, although it can occur in adults too.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR VISION
Syntonics or optometric phototherapy, is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes. It has been used clinically since the 1930's in the field of optometry with continued success in the treatment of visual dysfunctions, including strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the after effects of stress and trauma (e.g: brain injury).
Prism and Gait Evaluations
Prism can be used to alleviate double vision due to binocular vision disorders, visual field defects, and visuospatial difficulties. Prisms added to eyeglasses bend light before it travels through the eye. The light is redirected to the right place on the retina in each eye, allowing the eyes to communicate more efficiently.
Visual Evoked Potential
Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) are electrical signals generated by the visual cortex in response to visual stimulation. The VEP records signals via the electrodes that are placed on the midline of the occipital scalp at the back of the head. VEP's are used to quantify the functional integrity of the optic nerves, pathways to the visual cortex of the brain, and occipital cortex. Any abnormality that affects the visual pathways or visual cortex in the brain can affect the VEP.
My six year old daughter was diagnosed with a moderate to severe eye turn and we were recommended here as an alternative to a painful and ineffective surgery. The doctor who handled our exams was extremely knowledgeable and taught us about how her vision issue was linked to a whole string of behavioral patterns including hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating. Our followup exams with the vision therapist were equally enlightening. After only a month of weekly visits and about an hours worth of weekly at home practice, my daughters eye turn is already massively improving.