The brain has to work with the eyes to produce vision. When the brain and the eyes do not work together properly, it causes one of the eyes to have reduced vision or to be turned off. The medical term for this is called amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”. There may be no visual cues to amblyopia, as both eyes may look normal and healthy.
Amblyopia is one of the leading causes of vision problems in children. If left untreated it will continue into adulthood. Formerly, treatment of Amblyopia would solely consist of patching the good eye or penalize it by using eye drops to temporarily reduce the vision, in order to force the “lazy eye” to work. Most currently, we’ve discovered much more efficient options to train the eyes and brain to communicate and receive visual stimulation from both eyes, such as SL-MAR (Single Letter Monocular Accommodative Rock), 3L-MAR (Three Line Monocular Accommodative Rock), Calisthenic Eye Movements, Monocular Fixation in a Binocular Field, and 3-D eye exercises.
Thus, while we still reduce vision in the dominant eye in order to force the weaker eye to work with the brain to produce vision, we also quickly follow with training to encourage both eyes to work together in tandem, in order to prevent the former lazy eye from returning to its previous state.
Signs and Symptoms of Amblyopia
- Squinting or completely closing one eye to see
- Eyestrain and headaches
- Overall poor visual acuity