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Eye Turn & lazy eye (Adult)

Eye Turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视)

Strabismus(Eye Turn, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) is often called crossed eyes because the eyes can look like they are crossed, but it is an eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视). The two eyes are not looking at the same point at the same time. Sometimes you can see the eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and other times you can’t because it only turns when the child looks at objects up close or if he is tired or not feeling well.

Lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼)

Lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) refers to a condition of the brain where it ignores visual information from one eye and vision in that eye does not get better with any type of glasses, contacts or surgery.
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) can be caused by an eye turn. The eye which is not looking where you want to look has to be ignored because the brain cannot make sense out of two different images.

It can also occur when one eye doesn’t see as clearly as the other eye and it isn’t caught early enough. When this happens the eye becomes lazy, because it isn’t being used. Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) does not go away on it’s own.  While many physicians were taught that it is not treatable past the age of 7 or 9 years of age, new research in the field of optometric vision therapy has shown otherwise.  Depending on the reason for the Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼), it can be very treatable no matter how old you are.

Eye Turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) : Impact on Life

A lot of eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) are easy to see and those with an eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) often become self-conscious.  When the eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) occurs occasionally or on and off throughout the day, it is not as obvious for people to see. 

Most adults have had surgery when they were younger to treat the eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视).  While their eyes may look straight, they often do not have full use of both of their eyes.  And, they don’t work together to provide full 3D vision the way they should.

Reading, driving, sports performance, and even one’s ability to work can be effected by an eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and/or lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼).  In today’s world being able to see 3D has become very important.  Individuals with Eye Turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and/or Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) cannot see the 3D effects in movies, etc.
 

Treatment

At Sun Time Vision Specialists Centre we provide a very effective, non-surgical treatment that helps our patients eliminate eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼). We are able to teach our patients to use their two eyes together correctly, and with depth perception (being able to see 3D).
Just as there is physical therapy or speech therapy, there is Vision Therapy— therapy for the eyes. We are certified to provide optometric Vision Therapy in our office. We are able to teach children and adults how to use their two eyes correctly, and to treat a variety of vision problems which are not fully treatable with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Golden Period

While you may have been told that there is a golden period where you can correct eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼), and that after that point it is no longer possible - research has found that it is possible to correct lazy eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) and even eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) no matter how old you are, even if you are an adult.
Through Behavioral & developmental optometry we are able to help our patients learn how to use their eyes correctly at any age. In order to see if we can help you or your loved one, schedule a Neuro-functional vision evaluation with Mr. Stanley.

Mr Stanley with Dr Barry - Even Adults Can Be Helped with NeuroVision Therapy

Dr. Susan R. Barry is a neuroscientist and professor in the United States who benefited from vision therapy as an adult. She shares her story in her book, Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions. In chapter 3, Dr. Barry explains what her life was like as a child after three strabismus surgeries:

“Even though my eyes appeared straight, I still didn’t use them normally. I had 20/20 eyesight with both eyes and no problem passing a standard school vision screening. Yet, my vision was abnormal because I did not use my two eyes together. I dreaded going to grade school. … when I looked down at the letters on the page, they didn’t stay in one place. This problem grew worse as the print got smaller….”

Dr. Barry did not have any developmental delays or challenges other than her vision. Imagine the amount of visual confusion that a special needs child experiences after eye surgery. The good news is that we are able to help these children without surgery (in most cases) and after surgery (for those who absolutely need it).

Common Signs and Symptoms of Eye Turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼)

  • One eye seems to turns in or out, either constantly or occasionally
  • Both eyes turn in or out
  • Eyes don’t seem to move correctly; either constantly or occasionally
  • Squints or closes one eye
  • Covers one eye while reading or looking at something close up
  • Doesn’t respond to some visual stimuli
  • Difficulty following moving objects
  • Bumps into objects while walking
  • Trouble with depth perception
  • Poor eye-hand coordination (poor handwriting, for example)
  • Uses finger to keep place when reading
  • Skips words when reading out loud
  • Moves head when reading
  • Complains of blurry or double images
  • Has trouble seeing 3D

Questions?

Is it Too Late?

Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children. Vision Therapy is often more effective for adults because they are usually more motivated to improve their visual abilities, whereas children may not understand that they have a problem or how that problem may affect their interests or future.

Plenty of people have visual problems sustaining near-centered work, including reading, writing, and computer use. 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.

Why Are Older Children, Teenagers and Adults with Lazy Eye Still Being Told That Nothing Can Be Done for Them? by neurobiologist Susan R. Barry, Ph.D. and Rachel Cooper

How a Vision Problem Can Affect Your Life

Adults will figure out many ways to compensate for their visual problems so that they can continue with any strenuous visual work they need to do. Often, adults come home from work extremely tired when all they did was sit at a desk and do paperwork. Some people will feel as if they had just run a 10K race! Children, on the other hand, will tend to avoid tasks that are difficult or make them feel inadequate.

How to Improve Your Vision

A Neuro-Developmental & Behavioral optometrist can help to reduce the strain of near work as well as work with any other kinds of visual problems. The proper lenses along with vision therapy make a tremendous difference in an adult's ability to function at work or sports, just as with children of school age.

We understand that you might have a number of questions; especially if this is the first time you are hearing that you may have a vision problem. Please feel free to call our office with your questions. Phone 03- 2110 3967

The First Step

The first step is to schedule a functional vision evaluation to determine to what degree the vision problem is contributing to your difficulties. Once the testing is completed the Mr Stanley will meet with you in a separate appointment to review the results and go over the recommended program.

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