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Dr. Dean Bonsall
526 doctors shared insights

Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


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Do lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

Do lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia?

No: Amblyopia is corrected by forcing the brain to use the weak eye more (not prune neural connections) -- so make the image sharper or remove double. ...Read more

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Could eye exercises help vision correction?

Could eye exercises help vision correction?

No evidence: This has been a long standing hope of those who wear glasses that something simple like eye exercise can improve vision. There is no evidence that this will work. Don't spend any money on such programs. ...Read more

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Eye exercises to improve vision?

Eye exercises to improve vision?

Not useful: Various eye exercises have been proposed over the years to help eliminate the need for glasses. None have stood the test of time. They might make you feel a little better but will not affect the basic eye power in any way. ...Read more

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Can doing lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia naturally?

Can doing lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia naturally?

No: They have no evidence based value & their pursuit could delay worthwhile treatment & increase the chances that the condition will be permanent. ...Read more

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Can vision therapy treat lazy eye?

Can vision therapy treat lazy eye?

Generally no: Vision therapy is an untested procedure, advocated by "vision therapy optometrists". It has never been subjected to clinical trials and more experienced clinicians feel that it is of no benefit. For adults with a 'lazy' eye, it is definitely not worth doing. ...Read more

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What eye therapy exercises are proven to help strabismus?

What eye therapy exercises are proven to help strabismus?

Strabismus exercises: Eye muscle surgery along with orthoptic exercises used by an orthoptic trained technician can be beneficial and are frequently used in children. Patterns established by adults do not respond well. ...Read more

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Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia ?

Could lazy eye exercises correct amblyopia ?

Only in the young: Amblyopia is a condition in which an eye which is otherwise normal, sees less well. It is almost always caused by some eye malposition or refractive differencies between the two eyes in infancy and early childhood. The pattern of amblyopia becomes fixed if not treated by age 8 years. After that, exercises, etc. Cannot correct the condition. ...Read more

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Will eye patching help strabismus?

Will eye patching help strabismus?

Improve vision: In childhood strabismus, patching is used when the brain starts to ignore the vision from one eye. A patch is placed over the better eye to force the brain to pay attention to the vision from the supressed eye. This is why you can see children wearing eyepatches at times. ...Read more

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Can eye exercises improve the eye sight?

Can eye exercises improve the eye sight?

No: Eye exercises can make the eyes feel more comfortable, and might have some effect on eye misalignment, but they will not change the basic eye power needs for eyeglasses or contacts. ...Read more

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Will vision therapy reverse amblyopia?

Will vision therapy reverse amblyopia?

Amblyopia: Treatment for amblyopia is mainly giving that eye its full correction for glasses and/or patching the better eye to stimulate the amblyopic eye. Surgery may also help to align the eyes and possibly allow for stereovision to better develop. There is no clear evidence that "vision therapy" helps in any way except to make the parents hopeful and poorer. ...Read more

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Would eye exercises prevent myopia?

Would eye exercises prevent myopia?

No: No scientific research to date shows any eye exercises that work to stop or reverse myopia. Some expensive eye training exercises have been tried to help alleviate far sightedness but if a cycloplegic (dilated) eye refraction is performed to put the ciliary muscle at rest a true prescription of the eye results and eye glasses are needed. Rarely, a far sighted person can reduce power of glasses. ...Read more

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Would vision therapy fix my strabismus?

Would vision therapy  fix my strabismus?

Unlikely: Vision therapy supposedly improves the efficiency of vision but cannot in any circumstance improve eye position which is what is dysfunctional in strabismus. Vision therapy is untested, unproven and generally a big waste of time and money. Check with an ophthalmologist who is a specialist in strabismus in your area (frequently pediatric ophthalmologists) for the best information on your eyes. ...Read more

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Could vision therapy reverse amblyopia?

Could  vision therapy reverse amblyopia?

Treated early: Agree, it needs to be treated at early childhood. It does not work for adults. ...Read more

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Can eye exercises (yoga) work when eye power is unequal?

Can eye exercises (yoga) work when eye power is unequal?

No: There are specific treatmentsexercises for certain eye muscle conditions. Nonspecific yoga exercises are just that=nonspecific. ...Read more

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Will eye exercises help strengthen the weaker eye?

Will eye exercises help strengthen the weaker eye?

Possibly: Some eye exercises are sometimes prescribed to help improve the vision in children with a condition called amblyopia. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...Read more


Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Cross Eyed (Definition)

Cross eyed = strabismus = esotropia = condition in which one or both eyes are turned ...Read more