Important Facts About Vision Therapy For Your Child Who Suffers From Lazy Or Crossed Eyes

24 March 2016
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

If you are concerned about the use of glasses for your young child or they have already been using them and you are not happy with the results, it is important to consider the benefits of vision therapy. It is easy to forget that your child's ability to see depends not only on the ability of each part of the eye to work properly, but is similarly impacted by the strength of the eye muscles. Since vision therapy is essential a type of physical therapy that benefits the eye and the brain, it can have a significant impact on your child's vision. When reducing eye strain and use or improving the functionality of the eye muscles is recommended, it is best to consider vision therapy 

Crossed Eyes And Double Vision

It is first important to note that if your child's eyes do not have similar function and strength, crossed eyes may appear. Crossed eyes can manifest as eyes that turn in, up or down after first causing double vision. Some individuals who have crossed eyes, which is also known as strabismus, will go on to develop a lazy eye.

One non-invasive treatment includes exercises that are geared towards improving the muscular strength of both eyes. One option your eye specialist may recommend is for your child to focus closely with both eyes, for as long as he or she can comfortably, on a single item close to their face. You will then be asked to move that small item to and away from their face, stopping when their vision becomes blurry, repeating as tolerated.

A Lazy Eye

lazy eye happens when the brain does not recognize equal input from both eyes that are otherwise healthy and functional. It is not always clear why a lazy eye, which is also known as amblyopia, occurs but it typically starts in childhood. However, its presence means that learning and participating in the normal childhood experiences can quickly become more challenging. The lack of depth perception is one of its more common symptoms and another is that the eyes do not always work together or follow the same visual path.   

One treatment option to discuss with your child's vision specialist involves the daily use of patches to minimize the use and strain of one of the eyes. Early detection and treatment of a lazy eye is generally associated with better long-term results and unfortunately, there are many teenagers and adults who received late treatment and never fully recovered.

In conclusion, before you risk your child's eye strain or discomfort as the result of not correcting your child's vision or forcing him or her to wear glasses from a young age, it is best to talk with a specialist like Absolute Vision Care about your little one's options for vision therapy. Vision exercises at home, without the benefit of medical supervision, are rarely an appropriate choice and are unlikely to give you the results your child deserves.