Our eyesight is so important, but often we take it for granted. Binocular vision problems are apparent when both eyes are not able to properly coordinate. Proper vision happens when both eyes work in conjunction with one another and when they don’t, it can result in binocular vision dysfunction. Surprisingly, some of our patients have binocular vision problems for years without getting a proper diagnosis. At Vision for Life, we are able to properly diagnose binocular vision problems and begin a proper treatment plan that works.
Some symptoms for binocular vision problems include:
- Double vision
- Poor balance
- Poor depth perception
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
Someone with binocular vision problems may have only one or multiple symptoms listed above associated with this condition. Getting a proper diagnosis from Vision for Life will ensure that what you are experiencing is a binocular vision problem. Getting a thorough exam by a qualified developmental optometrist that specializes in vision therapy is the best way to be diagnosed. Typically, a diagnosis includes a comprehensive developmental vision examination and visual skills evaluation to determine if the eyes are aligned.
Binocular vision problems may seem uncommon, but they affect more people than you may think. One type of binocular vision problem, amblyopia or “lazy eye”, affects approximately 3% of the population. Studies show that at least 25% of the population has at least one type of binocular vision impairment, and our own studies conducted by schools and screening tests indicate that number is closer to 70%.
How do binocular vision problems happen?
Binocular vision problems can be inherited, and some people are born with it. Injuries, like strokes, concussions, and other neurological disorders can also cause this type of vision problem. Computers and related device usage in this modern-age of technology can also contribute to binocular vision issues. Car accidents and sports injuries are another cause of the non-hereditary binocular vision impairments we see in our office.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is having a binocular vision problem, contact the office of Vision for Life. We diagnose and treat binocular vision problems such as amblyopia (lazy eye), lack of stereopsis (two-eyed depth perception), and strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns). Dr. Steinhauer uses rehabilitation programs for vision therapy that includes corrective lenses and photosyntonics or light therapy. It’s a wonderful, non-invasive solution that works.
At Vision for Life, we work with a variety of conditions and patients. Vision therapy is often recommended to teach the patient how to use their eyes correctly and remove any roadblocks so that the patient may learn and work more efficiently. We can help you or someone you love with our specialized visual rehabilitation treatments. Visit our website to see all of the services we offer at http://visionforlifeworks.com/our-services/or call us at 618-288-1489.