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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Contact county med s: Contact your county medical society for an ophthalmologist in your area. ...Read more
Can you have binocular vision, or acquire it through vision therapy and yet not experience the perception of depth?
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
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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