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Amblyopia


Known as “lazy eyes”, it is the leading cause of vision loss amongst children. In amblyopia there may not be an obvious problem in the eye. The brain and the eyes work together to produce vision. The eye focuses light on the back part of the eye known as the retina. Cells of the retina then trigger nerve signals that travel along the optic nerves to the brain. Vision loss occurs because nerve pathways between the brain and the eye aren’t properly stimulated. The brain “learns” to see only blurry images with the amblyopic eye even when glasses are used. As a result, the brain favours one eye, usually due to poor vision in the other eye.


Causes of Amblyopia:

  1. Constant eye turn (strabismus) in one eye
  2. Anisometropia (large differences in vision/prescriptions between the two eyes)
  3. Ametropia (large prescription in both eyes)
  4. Reduced vision in one eye due to physical problems in the eye (e.g. corneal opacity, cataract)
The visual system is designed to use both eyes to explore visual space. When both eyes see similarly and the brain can easily combine the images, it is called binocular (literally “two eyed”) vision. A person with Amblyopia has number of functional vision issues such as poor depth perception and poor eye tracking. This is due to the brain suppresses one of these images and this negatively impacts a person’s binocular vision. Amblyopia most commonly affects one eye, but may occur in both eyes as well.
Treatment for Amblyopia:
Traditional methods of treating amblyopia is blocking good eye with the help of patch and eyedrops. These methods have shown limited efficacy. Vision therapy is most effective as it not only equalizes vision in both eyes but also improves eye co-ordination.
BYNOCS is uniquely designed, comprehensive cloud based software for binocular vision assessment & therapy. BYNOCS has been developed to assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in accurate diagnosis of binocular vision anomalies and offers a range of software based exercises as therapy. The hallmark of BYNOCS is patented dichoptic therapy for the treatment of suppression and amblyopia not only for children but also for adults.

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