How To Correct Lazy Eyes In Children With Video Games

What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is an eye disorder that reduces vision. The brain suppresses inputs from the weak eye and relies on the good eye for seeing, developing improper binocular vision. 

Amblyopia is caused by the disruption of eye-to-brain communication, which the experts try to solve with various amblyopia treatments such as patch therapy, surgery, or the latest fun-filled video game therapy. It typically develops in early childhood and may cause serious vision defects with amblyopia advancement.

What causes amblyopia?

To approach the correct amblyopia treatment, it is very important to diagnose the cause of amblyopia. Your child may have amblyopia due to the following:

  • Deprivation amblyopia– This type of amblyopia is caused when something obstructs the vision, such as in the case of congenital cataracts.
  • Refractive amblyopia– When there is an inborn refractive error in one eye, it eventually causes binocular vision acuity or refractive amblyopia.
  • Strabismus amblyopia– Strabismus or cross eyes cause vision misalignment. As a result, the brain starts relying on the inputs of the strong eye and suppresses the visual signals of the weak eye. The less usage of the weak eye may cause strabismus amblyopia.

Amblyopia Treatments

The lazy eye treatment includes

  • Patch therapy: Is a traditional form of amblyopia treatment. The strong eye is covered with an eye patch, and the child must only see through the weak eye to train the brain to see through it. 
  • Cataract surgery: When cataracts cause amblyopia, treating cataracts is supposed to be the best treatment of amblyopia. However, if the surgery is done late in adolescence, you have been prescribed other treatments also to develop a unanimous binocular vision of the eyes.
  • Atrophic eyedrops–  When one eye has reduced vision due to amblyopia (lazy eye), occlusion of the good eye with atrophic eye drops may be advised. The drops blur the good eye and hence ‘force’ the lazy eye to work harder and improve the vision.
  • OR, Dichoptic theory-based video games.- Color contrast games specially designed to treat amblyopia.

How are video games helpful in amblyopia treatment?

Our cloud-based Bynocs vision therapy software is games based program that is a fun way to adjust a child’s vision. The video games are specially designed with dichoptic theory to reverse binocular dysfunction of eyes by presenting color-contrast images to both eyes. The contrast for a weak eye is higher than the other eye so as to restore the binocular vision of the eye, i.e., the capability of the eye to see, move and perceive visual images together without any aberration.

The children have to play 30-40 minutes games 5- times a week. The fun-filled activity is enjoyable hence children hardly skip their turn for therapy. And regular treatment helps in the fast management of amblyopia and restoration of normal vision. The initial improvement can be seen in 2-weeks.

Games therapy vs. other amblyopia treatments

Patch therapy is the most traditional way of amblyopia treatment. However, patch therapy has certain demerits, for example:

  • The child must wear a patch most time, which initially causes eye pain and then discomfort.
  • The eye patch looks unappealing, and the child may refrain to socialise because of wearing the eye patch.
  • The treatment takes a long time.
  • The positive outcomes of patch treatment may reverse, and the amblyopia may come back with treatment discontinuation.

Also, some parents refrain from cataract surgery on their child at a tender age and postpone it until adolescence, which advances amblyopia in a child.

Why choose our award-winning, game-based lazy eye treatment?

Our game-based treatment bypasses the above demerits and helps counter amblyopia in a smarter and more effective way. You can choose us for the following reasons:

  • Our therapy is cloud-based advanced software, which can be accessed online.
  • It is a clinic and home-based treatment.
  • Our program is backed by Global Medical Advisory Board.
  • The treatment successful is in more than 90% of cases.
  • There is no incidence of amblyopia recurrence after successful amblyopia treatment.
  • Children enjoy the game-based treatment and therefore have regular treatment.

Wondering if your child has amblyopia? Schedule a checkup with your ophthalmologist now and ask for  Bynocs game therapy treatment. Learn more about Bynocs or our game-based treatment HERE