Amblyopia is a common visual condition that occurs when the brain favors the visual input from one eye (the stronger eye) and ignores or suppresses the visual information from the weaker eye. The brain begins to ignore the weaker eye, leading to a lack of coordination between the two eyes. Traditionally the method used to treat this condition was using a patch, a patch was placed over the stronger eye, forcing the weaker eye to work harder, and in turn, strengthen the neural pathways between the eyes and the brain.
While patching is a common treatment for amblyopia, there are newer techniques that we are now using at Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita to treat this condition. One such technique is binocular therapy, which involves using a device that presents different images to each eye. What is unique about this approach is that it not only reestablishes the connection between the weaker eye and the brain, but it also integrates the vision from the weaker eye into the binocular vision system (where we use two eyes together to see). This technique is effective in helping the brain relearn how to use the weaker eye in coordination with the stronger eye and can lead to significant improvements in visual acuity and function over patching alone.
The Bangerter patch is another patching technique that we use to treat amblyopia. This technique involves applying a patch that reduces the acuity in the stronger eye, allowing the weaker eye to see more clearly. The patch is made of a special material that scatters light and can be adjusted to allow more or less light to pass through, depending on the needs of the patient. The Bangerter patch is an effective treatment for amblyopia and can help improve visual acuity in the weaker eye.
Binasal occlusion is a patching technique that is used in patients who have had a concussion or post-trauma vision syndrome or traumatic brain injury. This technique involves blocking out the nasal quadrants of the glasses, which helps the patient to process visual information more efficiently. This technique can also improve the patient's stability and reduce dizziness and visual noise. Binasal occlusion is an effective treatment for patients who have experienced head trauma and are experiencing vision problems as a result. Learn more about binasal occlusion.
Oftentimes a patient who has a traumatic brain injury will have difficulties with double vision or become disoriented by movement in the side or periphery of their vision.
Partial occlusion is another patching technique that we use to treat these visual symptoms. Bi-temporal or temporal occlusion is a technique where the temporal portions of the lenses are blocked out. This technique is effective for patients that have problems with motion on the sides, and have double vision. Double vision can be caused by several conditions, including stroke, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, and it can be a frustrating and debilitating condition. Partial occlusion is an effective treatment for double vision and can significantly improve your quality of life.
The spot patch is another patching technique that is used to treat double vision. The spot patch is a small patch that is placed on the lens, blocking out the central portion of the vision, allowing peripheral light to pass through. This technique reduces the amount of double vision and allows the patient a greater opportunity to function more normally. The spot patch is an effective treatment for double vision, and it can significantly improve the patients ability to read and perform other tasks.