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Eye Turn & lazy eye

Eye Turn (Strabismus,Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视)

Strabismus is often called crossed eyes (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼) because the eyes can look like they are crossed, but it is an eye turn (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) .
The two eyes are not looking at the same point at the same time. Approximately 1 out of every 25 normal children has an eye that turns in the wrong direction to some degree. nnHowever, it is important to know that 75% of children with special needs have eye turns.  Sometimes you can see the eye turn and other times you can’t because it only turns when the child looks at objects up close or if he is tired or not feeling well.

Lazy eye (Amblyopia,Mata Malas 懒惰眼)

Lazy eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼) refers to a condition of the brain where it ignores visual information from one eye and vision in that eye does not get better with any type of glasses, contacts or surgery.
Lazy Eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼) can be caused by an eye turn. The eye which is not looking where you want to look has to be ignored because the brain cannot make sense out of two different images.

It can also occur when one eye doesn’t see as clearly as the other eye and it isn’t caught early enough. When this happens the eye becomes lazy, because it isn’t being used.
Unfortunately it is very hard for parents to see when their child has a lazy eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼). Children don’t know to complain when they can’t see correctly because they have no idea how they are supposed to see.

Effects on the Child

Lazy Eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼) and Eye Turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) can have a major impact on how the child functions in school or succeeds in life. He or she may experience double vision, frequent loss of place when reading, headaches, eyestrain and inability to stay focused on a visual task for any period of time. In addition, the child may seem to be clumsy or have a lot of accidents.
The child may have to turn his head to see things, or may have to close one eye while reading. Close up tasks become difficult.

Tasks that require good eye-hand coordination skills, such as writing or drawing, or throwing and catching a ball can be very difficult. This can also lead to poor self-esteem.

Treatment for lazy eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼) and eye turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视)

At Sun Time Vision Specialists Centre we provide a very effective, non-surgical treatment that helps our patients eliminate eye turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia,Mata Malas/ 懒惰眼).
We are able to teach our patients to use their two eyes together correctly, and with depth perception (being able to see 3D).

Just as there is physical therapy or speech therapy, there is Vision Therapy— therapy for the eyes. We are certified to provide optometric Vision Therapy in our office. We are able to teach children and adults how to use their two eyes correctly, and to treat a variety of vision problems which are not fully treatable with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Golden Period

While you may have been told that there is a golden period where you can correct eye turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia,Mata Malas/ 懒惰眼), and that after that point it is no longer possible - research has found that it is possible to correct lazy eye (Mata Malas/懒惰眼) and even eye turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) no matter how old you are, even if you are an adult.

Through Behavioral & developmental optometry we are able to help our patients learn how to use their eyes correctly at any age. In order to see if we can help you or your loved one, schedule a Neuro-functional vision evaluation with Mr. Stanley.

Mr Stanley with Dr Barry - Even Adults Can Be Helped with Vision Therapy

Dr. Susan R. Barry is a neuroscientist and professor in the United States who benefited from vision therapy as an adult. She shares her story in her book, Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions. In chapter 3, Dr. Barry explains what her life was like as a child after three strabismus surgeries:

“Even though my eyes appeared straight, I still didn’t use them normally. I had 20/20 eyesight with both eyes and no problem passing a standard school vision screening. Yet, my vision was abnormal because I did not use my two eyes together. I dreaded going to grade school. … when I looked down at the letters on the page, they didn’t stay in one place. This problem grew worse as the print got smaller….”

Dr. Barry did not have any developmental delays or challenges other than her vision. Imagine the amount of visual confusion that a special needs child experiences after eye surgery. The good news is that we are able to help these children without surgery (in most cases) and after surgery (for those who absolutely need it).

Common Signs and Symptoms of Eye Turns (Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and Lazy Eye(Amblyopia,Mata Malas/ 懒惰眼)

  • One eye seems to turns in or out, either constantly or occasionally
  • Both eyes turn in or out
  • Eyes don’t seem to move correctly; either constantly or occasionally
  • Squints or closes one eye
  • Covers one eye while reading or looking at something close up
  • Doesn’t respond to some visual stimuli
  • Difficulty following moving objects
  • Bumps into objects while walking
  • Trouble with depth perception
  • Poor eye-hand coordination (poor handwriting, for example)
  • Uses finger to keep place when reading
  • Skips words when reading out loud
  • Moves head when reading
  • Complains of blurry or double images
  • Has trouble seeing 3D

Questions?

We understand that you might have a number of questions; especially if this is the first time you are hearing that your child may have a vision problem. Please feel free to call our office with your questions. Phone 03- 2110 3967

The First Step

The first step is to schedule a functional vision evaluation to determine to what degree the vision problem is contributing to your child’s difficulties. Once the testing is completed Mr Stanely will meet with you in a separate appointment to review the results and go over the recommended program.

Click Here to schedule an appointment or  please call us at +603- 2110 3967.