Lazy Eye Treatment: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Various eye conditions that impair one’s capacity to receive and interpret visual information can be corrected through vision therapy. A person may read an eye chart with a clear 20/20 vision and still have developmental vision issues, like focusing, eye teaming, eye movements, visual processing, etc.

What is vision therapy?

Vision Therapy is a method to develop or improve visual skills and abilities like visual acuity, binocular vision and better visual processing or interpretation of visual information. Vision therapy program consists of supervised in-office and at home exercises. In addition to exercises, lenses , prisms, filters, may be used.

A customized treatment plan for vision therapy aims to treat issues like a lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), excessive and inadequate focusing, ocular muscle dysfunction, and other vision abnormalities.

Its objectives are to:

  • Enhance or strengthen your visual skills and abilities such as visual acuity, 
  • To develop depth perception.
  • Modify how your brain interprets visual information.


Here is a list of vision problems that a vision therapy program can aid in treating:

Amblyopia: Although it can occur in both eyes, amblyopia mainly affects one. It develops if the brain cannot recognize the sight from the afflicted eye. When one eye is impaired, the brain prefers to use the better-seeing eye. It is commonly referred to as lazy eyes.

Strabismus: Crossed eyes, or strabismus, prevents a person from being able to align both eyes normally. Typically one of the eyeballs can turn in, out, up, or down. Strabismus treatment requires proper assessment and care, whether continuous or intermittent.

Focusing problems: Every time we glance from one area to another, our focus is adjusted. The ciliary muscle, also known as the focusing muscle, is used to help make this correction. A focusing problem arises when a person’s eyes struggle to contract or relax these muscles or sustain their contraction long enough.

Binocular Dysfunction: The brain receives two different images if the two eyes are not working together in unison, leading to double vision or other visual problems. If you experience double vision or visual pain, it becomes difficult to work, study, or do other activities. In fact, eye-coordination issues have a greater effect on learning or performance at work than other physical issues.

Visual Processing problems: Visual processing or visual perceptual skills are two terms that are sometimes used to describe the capacity to assess and interpret visual data. According to our research, most kids acquire the ability to process visual information without any additional support or intervention. However, in some kids, the evolution of their visual processing abilities lags behind their growth in other domains. Early school grades might be challenging for students with this kind of visual lag.

What should you expect during vision therapy?

Your eye doctor will likely ask you about your vision concerns and objectives. Along with an eye exam, your eye doctor may ask you to execute a number of exercises. You’ll probably need to practise them on your own schedule at home. Sessions with a vision therapist typically last six hours or longer during a vision therapy programme. These are planned at intervals of about three weeks.

Vision does not simply get better overnight. To see benefits, vision therapy should be used for at least a few months.

The following elements will determine how long your programme has to be:

  • vision issues 
  • desired outcomes

However, you can discuss the best course of action with your eye doctor.

How does vision therapy treat vision problems?

According to research studies, many people have some sort of visual issue that need to be addressed but remain undiagnosed or untreated. Most people who have refractive defects (including short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia) can benefit from vision therapy for their vision problems.

Vision therapy for children and adults

Both eyes must be properly targeted and focused at the appropriate distance in order to view things clearly. Any issues with an eye’s aim or focus can manifest as a number of symptoms, such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Poor depth perception 
  • Eyestrain 
  • Headaches
  • Sporadic double vision

Children with these issues frequently don’t complain about them. Instead, they may choose to avoid uncomfortable or challenging things (like reading).

A vision therapy programme including the following exercises may be recommended to help with eye coordination and focus:

  • Near and Focus exercise for improving focus
  • Brock String for improving eye coordination
  • Pencil Pushups for enhancing convergence
  • Barrel Eye Card exercise for eye turns (Strabismus)

There are many eye exercises under vision therapy that your eye specialist can discuss with you as per your requirement.

Our vision therapy exercise – Bynocs AmblyGo

Bynocs AmblyGo is a cutting-edge, advanced software that offers holistic vision therapy for kids and adults with lazy eyes.

Amblyopic patients can focus better thanks to the interactive gaming interface provided by the AmblyGo software, which also helps the weaker eye perform more naturally. You are encouraged to participate in these engaging 30 min gaming sessions 5 days a week. 

Contact us to learn more about AmblyGo, an easy-to-use digital eye therapy.