Healthy binocular vision is essential to functioning in the real world. It enables you to see in 3 dimensions and spatially understand your environment. Driving, reading and walking steadily all rely on your eyes working together as a team.
When your eyes aren’t aligned, even to a minor degree, they can’t work in unison. Instead of the brain receiving one image, it receives 2 distinct images. The brain struggles to combine these 2 images and responds by trying to force the eyes to work together. This can result in a wide range of symptoms.
What Are Symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction?
Misaligned eyes can lead to a host of symptoms that can hinder your quality of life:
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Eye strain/fatigue
- Poor coordination
- Motion sickness
- Poor depth perception
- Difficulty reading, driving and more
- Sensitivity to light
- Poor balance
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, Heights Eye Care Vision Therapy Center may be able to help. A functional visual assessment can determine if BVD is present, and if so, your eye doctor may recommend micro-prism glasses and binocular vision training to treat the condition.
How Can Binocular Vision Training Help?
Think of binocular vision training as physical therapy for the eyes.
This specific type of vision training involves a series of eye exercises and activities that are individually prescribed to develop and improve the patient’s visual system.
The goal of binocular vision training is to help patients with BVD develop normal visual skills and teach their eyes to work together seamlessly.
A binocular vision training program can reduce or eliminate the often debilitating symptoms associated with BVD, and increase your overall enjoyment of life. You’ll notice that tasks that were difficult or unpleasant before will be gratifying, like reading and playing sports.
The greatest benefit is that your vision will no longer be a hindrance, but rather an asset.
Binocular Vision Testing & Training in Hasbrouck Heights
If you think you may have BVD, contact us to schedule a functional visual evaluation. Signs of BVD are often overlooked in a standard eye exam, especially in mild cases.
At Heights Eye Care Vision Therapy Center, we offer a wide range of eye care services including binocular vision training to treat patients with BVD of all degrees.
Our friendly and experienced staff will happily walk you through the process of the eye exam and answer all your questions.
To schedule your functional visual evaluation, contact Heights Eye Care Vision Therapy Center today!
Our practice serves patients from Hasbrouck Heights, Hackensack , Passaic, and Rutherford, New Jersey and surrounding communities.
Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. James Aversa
Q: Can children have binocular vision dysfunction?
A: Yes. Children with BVD often have difficulty with schoolwork, suffer from frequent headaches and may exhibit behavioral problems. Binocular vision training for children can help eliminate or reduce headaches, dizziness, anxiety in open spaces and improve concentration. BVD can go unnoticed in children because school vision screenings don’t test for binocular vision, and a child doesn’t always have the ability to communicate a problem with their vision. If you suspect your child could have BVD, call Heights Eye Care Vision Therapy Center to schedule their consultation today.
Q: What are common causes of BVD?
A: BVD can arise from a multitude of problems with the visual system. A few of the main causes include convergence insufficiency, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eye). BVD can also result from a neurological injury like a stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, and other neurological conditions. Facial asymmetry can also contribute to BVD and eye misalignment.
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