Comprehensive Vision Care Services
Treatment of Binocular Vision Conditions
Binocularity (“Eye Teaming”) describes how our eyes work as a team so that they perform as one. Both eyes should be coordinated and aim simultaneously at the same visual target. Unfortunately, this teaming is not guaranteed by design and it must be acquired through use during the preschool years. Binocularity is important for proper eye tracking, stereopsis (depth perception), and preventing visual discomfort such as double vision. If these visual skills have not been developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful.
When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, judging spatial relationships, eye contact, etc.). The following are observable clues a child or adult may be having binocular problems:
- Complaints of seeing double
- Repeats letters within words
- Omits letters, numbers or phrases
- Misaligns digits in number columns
- Squints, closes or covers one eye
- Tilts head extremely while working at desk
- Odd working posture at desk activities
Vision Therapy and/or glasses can help individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). Eliminating the visual problems that are helping to produce the symptom above can quickly pay off in the child’s improved school performance.