Amblyopia Treatment

1 in 30 individuals have amblyopia (3%).

About Amblyopia

Amblyopia is a neuro-developmental disorder of binocular vision and is the most common form of reversible blindness. The condition of amblyopia results in a loss of visual function involving reduced eyesight in one eye, loss of depth perception, delays in visual information processing, and visual-motor coordination. Left untreated, amblyopia can affect a child’s self-image, work, school, and friendships and may also lead towards depression.*

Amblyopia Treatment

Historically, amblyopia treatment was limited to occlusion therapy, patching or atropine eye drops.  However, as most doctors know, patient compliance is poor because of the many negative side effects of patching and drops. Furthermore, patching can cause many battles when trying to force a child to comply with wearing their eye patch.

Outside of the classroom, a child can have trouble with social interactions and bullying due to forced patching. Kids just don’t want to wear their eye patch because it impacts their quality of life and atropine drops can cause light sensitivity and disorientation. As a result, amblyopia doesn’t always go away with occlusion therapy alone. Even the patient who has done occlusion therapy will typically have a condition, known as suppression, where the amblyopic eye shuts off, leading to stereo blindness and a deficient in depth perception, being accident prone and poor eye-hand coordination. Therefore, occlusion therapy is an outdated and largely ineffective approach to a complex and serious vision disorder.

Wow Vision Therapy provides advanced amblyopia vision therapy. This method emphasizes the development of binocular vision and visual information processing. All treatment sessions are conducted in the office by a trained vision therapist, under the supervision of a doctor, along with guided in-home activities. There are no negative side effects since our treatment is engaging and eye patching has a minimal role. As a result, our patients gain significantly faster and better results, including restoration of sight, depth perception, visual processing abilities and eye-hand coordination.

Age is not a barrier in the treatment of amblyopia! Research shows there is neuroplasticity in the adult brain and by applying the advanced amblyopia treatment protocols, like we use a Wow Vision Therapy, adults with amblyopia can be successfully treated.

 

Our advanced binocular vision treatment includes:

 

• Binocular vision therapy with 3D gaming

• Perceptual learning

• Visual processing development

• Oculomotor therapy

• Accommodation “focusing” development

• Eye-hand coordination training

Amblyopia Research

The below links are for scholarly research on amblyopia treatment.

A Binocular Approach to Treating Amblyopia: Antisuppression Therapy

Research that shows a binocular approach to treating Amblyopia is better.

The Pattern of Learned Visual Improvements in Adult Amblyopia

Research on effective treatment for adults with Amblyopia.

Amblyopia and Binocular Vision

Effective treatment for Amblyopia using binocular vision vs patching.

Stereopsis and Amblyopia: A mini-review

Research showing importance of using 3-D experience for Amblyopia treatment.

Prentice Award Lecture 2011: Removing the Brakes on Plasticity in the Amblyopic Brain

Research showing that age alone does not limit effective treatment for Amblyopia.

Perceptual Learning Improves Visual Performance in Juvenile Amblyopia

Research that shows Amblyopia responds better with computer based games.

A New Form of Rapid Binocular Plasticity in Adult with Amblyopia

Research shows age is not a barrier in the effective treatment of Amblyopia.

Binocular Vision in Amblyopia: Structure, Suppression and Plasticity

Research that shows the importance of binocular vision therapy instead of patching for Amblyopia.

Binocular Combination in Anisometropic Amblyopia

Research that shows the importance of binocular vision therapy instead of patching for Amblyopia.

The Effect of Video Game Training on the Vision of Adults with Bilateral Deprivation Amblyopia

Research shows age is not a barrier in the effective treatment of Amblyopia.

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