If you are seeing double, are cross-eyed, or have a lazy eye, the first step is an in-depth assessment of eye-coordination and binocular vision. Treatment options can include patching, vision therapy and assessment for ocular surgery.
Binocular Vision is your eyes’ ability to work together to see one clear image, and their overlapping fields of vision allows for good depth perception.
Strabismus and Amblyopia: When a person’s eyes do not aim in the same direction, the condition is called ‘strabismus’. Commonly known as ‘crossed eyes’ or ‘wall eyes’, the affected eye may turn constantly or occasionally upward, downward, inward or outward. The ‘eye turn’ may be constant at all distances and times, or only evident at the end of a tiring day, or when a person is sick.
When an eye turns, the brain will start to suppress or ignore the visual image from that eye, otherwise double vision would result. If this occurs for a long enough time period, amblyopia (AKA lazy eye) will develop. This means that the vision in the turned eye will be blurry, and glasses alone cannot fix the problem.
Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned or lazy eyes when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and patching therapy on its own. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy, the quicker and more effective the results will be. To learn more about crossed eyes or lazy eye, visit the following web pages: strabismus.org, children-special-needs.org or lazyeye.org.
How do you get the competitive edge? Whether you are a weekend warrior, a school athlete, or a professional, your eyes need superior tracking, focusing and eye coordination skills to perform at your full potential.
Contact lenses will allow for quick eye movements and do not hinder your peripheral vision as glasses sometimes can. Come in for a sports vision assessment to see how we can assist you in achieving your maximum performance.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
A brain injury can result in symptoms of double vision, disruption in eye movements, focusing issues, and serious eye health complications. We provide assessments and treatment tools via prism therapy to help you manage and/or eliminate such visual disruptions.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS):
Twenty-first century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Children and adults in our society constantly use their near vision at both work and home. C.V.S. (Computer Vision Syndrome) is one of the fastest growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use, prolonged hand-held device use and long term near work without any breaks) can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.
Occupational Eye Examinations:
Different professions require different vision demands. Certain professions such as RCMP, police, aviation, and motor vehicle licensing require specific eye tests to determine eligibility for field work. If you are applying for any of the above jobs, your school/employer will require you to get an eye exam and have the Optometrist fill out the results on an application for submission. Please bring any forms that need to be filled out by an Optometrist to your appointment.
Disease-Related Ocular Assessments:
Many systemic diseases can result in changes in the eyes. Many times, ocular signs are detectable even before the patient starts to feel symptoms. Annual eye exams are highly advised for patients with Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, Thyroid issues, Vascular disease, Lupus, Sarcoid, Sjogren’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Annual eye exams are also highly recommended for individuals on medications with known ocular complications (Ex. Plaquenil, Hydroxychloroquine and Prednisolone). When in doubt, see your Optometrist.
Vision Checklist for Young Children: