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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...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 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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When can you have vision therapy on a lazy eye?

When can you have vision therapy on a lazy eye?

As soon as possible.: Earlier treatment for amblyopia usually results in improved outcomes. Therefore, early identification of the problem and treatment is essential especially in children. ...Read more

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Can vision therapy work and does it fix lazy eye?

Can vision therapy work and does it fix lazy eye?

No: Vision therapy has little support in the scientific literature. Most studies suggest it has no value in treating eye disorders. ...Read more

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What are some double vision therapy exercises?

What are some double vision therapy exercises?

None that work: The most important issue is cause for double vision. If there is a specific nerve or muscle problem, this needs to be evaluated and treated specifically. Most patients with double vision need to patch one eye in order to read or function in a normal manner. Just trying to exercise the eyes does not help. The brain will shut off one eye to avoid confusion. ...Read more

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Is it safe for children to have vision therapy?

Is it safe for children to have vision therapy?

Yes but . .: Vision therapy is an unproven mode which has failed to show any success in the few clinical trials that have been done. Most vision therapists in fact refuse to join such trials as they are doubtful of the results of what they perform (and charge high fees for). It is in fact safe and mostly harmless except for the cost. ...Read more

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Has anyone done vision therapy?

Has anyone done vision therapy?

Mostly ineffective: Vision therapy is offered as a means to correct congenital, developmental and traumatic visual changes. It is mostly untested and the results are no different than chance or the improvement expected with time. If you have a condition for which vision therapy has been recommended (usually by an optometrist) then see an ophthalmologist for an actual diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Could vision therapy work to improve visiton?

No evidence: Vision therapy is an untested, unproven means allegedly to improve visual efficiency. It cannot improve basic vision which requires eyeglasses or correction of eye disease. Vision therapy is expensive and of no benefit. If this has been recommended for you, consult with a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tried vision therapy for their children?

Can you tell me about tried vision therapy for their children?

Ineffective: Vision therapy, sponsored by optometrists as a means to improve performance of children in school who seem to be under performing, has failed any test to which it is put (meaning they produce no meaningful improvement). There is a short term benefit from lessening strife at home, as now the vision becomes the reason for poor performance - but the lessons do not help in the long run. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of vision therapy? Is it a reputable field? Does it work well in reducing headaches as well?

no data: Vision therapy is practiced by optometrists who charge a great deal for the sessions. There are no reputable clinical studies; only anecdotal accounts. Most practitioners of this are charismatic and committed, but their results are unsubstantiated and probably not worth the effort or the money. See an ophthalmologist first before entering into such a program. ...Read more

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Can you have binocular vision, or acquire it through vision therapy and yet not experience the perception of depth?

Can you have binocular vision, or acquire it through vision therapy and yet not experience the perception of depth?

Not effective: If you lack true depth perception, despite the claims of "vision therapists", there is no way to restore it with their mode of pseudo treatment. Save your money. ...Read more

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Can you cure strabismus through vision therapy?

Can you cure strabismus through vision therapy?

In some cases: Certain forms of strabismus can be controlled with a proper refraction and may require patching or other therapy if amblyopia has already developed. Not all cases require surgery. ...Read more

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Vision problems, my behavioural optometrist said that i will need vision therapy. What kind of therapy would this include?

Vision problems, my behavioural optometrist said that i will need vision therapy. What kind of therapy would this include?

Not usually helpful: Optometrists, a subset, engage in an activity termed "vision therapy" which is lengthy and expensive. They advocate it for a variety of visual fatigue and sometimes optical problems. These exercises have never been subjected to standard clinical tests and there is no proof that they do anything but provide a substantial income to the optometrist. Check first with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is vision therapy like?

What is vision therapy like?

Over hyped: Vision therapy is a system which tries to correct disorders of eye motion and visual learning by the application of a variety of exercises. It has never been subjected to actual clinical trials. Improvement is noted when test scores improve but this is largely a practice effect and there are no proven long term benefits to this type of activity. ...Read more

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Could i improve my vision using vision therapy?

No: But if you have lots of money, this is one way to waste it. I suggest gambling instead. It is more fun. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Amblyopia (Definition)

loss not due to a structural problem such as myopia or hyperopia and develops early in life. For ...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