LAZY EYE TREATMENT
If diagnosed early, amblyopia is quite easy to treat. If glasses are necessary, a pair is prescribed and the lazy eye is forced to function by covering the well-functioning eye at certain times. Surgery isn't an option in the treatment of amblyopia. At our hospital's visual therapy center, these patients are also treated with eye exercises called orthoptic exercises.
The Role of Nutrition in the Treatment of Amblyopia
The main treatment for amblyopia involves having the patient wear a pair of appropriate-diopter glasses, covering the well-functioning eye and forcing the lazy eye to focus. Any vitamins taken do not have a direct effect on therapy.
First 10 Years
Treatment of amblyopia is naturally easier in the first 10 years of life and it is easier to improve vision.
The patching method is based on the principle of covering the good eye and forcing the weak eye to work. The duration of patching is determined according to the patient's age and level of amblyopia. Of course, the younger the patient, the shorter the duration of patching and treatment.
Being, in a sense, physical therapy for the eyes, orthoptic treatments are given at hospitals. At our hospital, orthoptic treatments are provided by the visual therapy center. In orthoptic treatment, exercises are made to force the eye to work, in addition to patching. CAM treatment is included in such exercises. Sessions last 40 minutes on average.
These can be used after 4.5-5 years of age in general. The interactive program consists of 11 different games designed to support patching treatment. The purpose is to increase the amount and quality of vision in the lazy eye. It is administered at home and the patient is asked to return for monthly visual checks. The program consists of 150 sessions and lasts nearly 5 months.
This is a method which involves nearly 10-session programs implemented at the hospital using a special device. It doesn't require surgical intervention or medication; each session lasts nearly 30 minutes and its efficacy has been proven.
This treatment method comprises the entirety of exercises done to recover the eye's depth perception. Implemented with special devices and image techniques, this method allows the identification and administration of a customized treatment according to what needs to be improved in the patient. For example, if the aim is to give a patient three-dimensional vision and depth perception, the patient works with special images designed for this purpose or if both the patient's eyes are lazy and the aim is to force them to work, then appropriate special exercises are given.
This is a chain of vision therapy sessions administered for those patients having issues associated with congenital or palsy-related strabismus, amblyopia or cerebral palsy, consists of customized treatment methods and was developed in the USA. The principle of this therapy chain is to re-teach the brain how to see;
- Vision is improved.
- The coordination between the two eyes and between the brain and the eyes is improved.
After 10 Years of Age
With Neurovision™, the treatment of amblyopia is performed under the supervision of the physician through a programme installed on the computer system. In this treatment, administered to people between the ages of 10-55 whose eye structure is deemed suitable, the brain is re-taught to see through computer technology and it is aimed to achieve an increase in vision through this method.
Visual Therapy Practices
For patients whose 3-dimensional perception is weak or doesn't exist for whatever reason, treatment with vision therapy devices, exercises and methods ensures that both eyes can be used simultaneously, become more coordinated and flexible, and work faster and in better coordination with the brain. So the two eyes become capable of functioning at their maximum capacity.