Binocular vision disorders are relatively common. The good news is that Dr. Edward Paul, OD, PhD, diagnoses and treats binocular vision disorders at the Low Vision Centers of North Carolina.
Treating Binocular Vision Disorders
Vision therapy is an eye-exercise regimen that helps reduce, or eliminate, the symptoms people with binocular vision experience.
These symptoms include:
- Double vision.
Personalized Binocular Vision Treatment Programs
Top North Carolina Optometrist, Dr. Edward Paul, creates binocular vision treatment programs that are geared towards improving a patient’s visual skills by strengthening the communication signals between his or her eyes and brain. These treatment programs may include vision aids and therapy.
Prismatic Eyeglasses for the Treatment of Binocular Vision
Dr. Edward Paul, DO, PhD, may use prismatic eyeglasses to treat binocular vision.
Exercises to Improve Binocular Vision
At the Low Vision Centers of North Carolina, patients perform their vision therapy exercises to improve the coordination between their eyes and brain. Dr. Edward Paul, DO, PhD, may also recommend that his patients perform their vision therapy exercises at home.
At-home binocular vision exercises include:
- Around the world
While sitting comfortably with his or her eyes looking directly ahead, the patient needs to:
Move both eyes upward for 3 seconds, downward for 3 seconds, to the right for 3 seconds and then to the left for 3 seconds.
Next, the patient looks towards the upper left for 3 seconds and then the upper right for 3 seconds.
The last part of this exercise involves rotating the eyes clockwise for two turns and counter-clockwise for two turns.
- Pencil push-ups
The patient holds a pencil in front of his or her face and focuses on one of the letters on the pencil.
While focusing on the chosen letter, the patient slowly brings the pencil closer to his or her face until the letter looks double. At this point, start the exercise over again.
The length of time and frequency of each therapy depends on the patient’s diagnosis (e.g., ocular albinism) and needs. Dr. Paul provides the patient with this information following his or her consultation.
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