Recent research of amblyopia or lazy eye has shown that proper eye exercises or vision therapy can have positive effects especially if the person is treated at a youthful age. Research reveals greatest results if the individual started treatment before the age of 5, however a complete recovery is extremely likely once treatment begins before the person reaches the age of 17 and even adults who have never been properly diagnosed or treated can show advancement provided they can be inspired and understand the things that they need to do.
It is estimated the 1 – 5% of the people suffer from ‘lazy eye’ although the expression lazy eye isn’t too accurate as the state is a result of the brain not reading the signals from our eye correctly and so lazy brain might be a more proper description. Amblyopia is a developmental issue in the mind, not an organic problem in the eye.
The fundamental cause of amblyopia is having one eye with better vision than the other. This can result in the brain getting different signals from our eyes and placing more emphasis on the more powerful eye for our eyesight, consequently reducing the quantity of use our weaker eye and not letting it develop correctly. The usual treatment for this is drops in the more powerful eye or an eye patch that we’re forced to make use of the weaker eye that allows it to develop.
The same as all other eye difficulties it is crucial our eyes prevented from squinting or staring which can be extremely harmful and are allowed to be mobile. It is therefore vital that while we go through the treatments for amblyopia we undertake appropriate eye exercises to teach our eyes to unwind and focus properly.