Can Home Exercises Treat Lazy Eye?

Are at home vision therapy exercises effective or do I need to go to a doctors office to achieve the best results?

Can Home Exercises Treat Lazy Eye? in Olympia

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Vision Therapy Home Exercises

Vision therapy is a very effective method of lazy eye treatment. An optometrist who practices vision therapy is referred to as a behavioral optometrist and this field focuses on strengthening the entire visual system to work properly together as a team. Lazy eye is caused due to a lack of coordination or teamwork of the visual system and therefore vision therapy directly treats the root cause. It is highly recommended to treat a lazy eye under the supervision and guidance of a professional. (360) 491-2121 and staff will be happy to welcome you to American Family Vision Clinic where we have vast experience diagnosing and treating a lazy eye and other visual functions.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a field practiced by behavioral optometrists who have been trained to strengthen the complex skills pertaining to the eyes and visual system as a whole, extending beyond 20/20 vision. In order to achieve clear vision, both eyes must be working together as a team and communicating properly with the brain. Vision therapy uses customized treatment programs for each patient which incorporate repeated activities and exercises that train the brain and the eyes to efficiently work together.

What is Vision Therapy?
Online Home Exercises

Online Home Exercises

There are home exercises available online without supervision of a behavioral optometrist. This type of home exercise is not recommended because it’s very important to have an optometrist who is professionally trained and experienced who can supervise and guide you every step of the way from diagnosis throughout treatment in order to achieve the most successful long term results. After a functional eye exam, you will receive a professional diagnosis including the root cause of the lazy eye, followed by a proper treatment plan catered to your needs and visual abilities. The treatment very often includes an essential element of at home exercises which have been tailored specifically to your needs and to your visual system. By following online exercises that have not been directly prescribed to you by a professional, you are taking the risk of pursuing activities which can send the wrong signals between your eyes and brain. 

We strongly recommend pursuing a thorough diagnosis and following an individualized treatment plan that is customized for you by a professional. At American Family Vision Clinic, we welcome you to schedule an appointment to meet our functional optometrist, Dr. Levi Zurcher, and staff. Dr. Zurcher will perform a functional eye exam to decide if you can benefit from vision therapy and to diagnose a lazy eye or any other visual function that can use strengthening.

Online Home Exercises

What do I do if I live too far to come into a practice for vision therapy?

For patients that require vision therapy for lazy eye but have difficulty coming into our practice for in-office therapy, we can create a hybrid program that allows our behavioural optometrist to oversee the therapy while minimizing the need for in-office visits. The exact program will depend on the patient's therapy needs, however in general it will include limited office visits with therapy done online with a vision therapist from our office as well as non-supervised exercises. Our behavioural optometrist recommends that therapy is done in office when possible, however when circumstances do not allow for that we will work with the patient to create a program that will allow them to achieve the best results from therapy that is done both online, at home, and in the office. 

Common Questions

A lazy eye occurs when each eye is perceiving an image differently and in order to cope with this confusion, the brain shuts off communication with the “lazy eye” and relies solely on the other, stronger, eye. There are different factors that can cause a lazy eye. Strabismus, which is the medical term for crossed eyes; Refractive reasons, which means that it’s due to the optical prescription, and this occurs when there is a significant difference in power between the eyes or if there is a high power of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism in both eyes; and Physical obstruction that is blocking the lazy eye, such as cataract or a droopy eyelid
It can be very difficult to notice a lazy eye and therefore, it’s strongly recommended to schedule a functional eye exam so that the optometrist can make a professional diagnosis including the cause for the lazy eye. The following symptoms are not always present, making it difficult to identify a lazy eye, but the possible symptoms include wandering eye inwards or outwards, poor vision and/or depth perception, head tilting and squinting or shutting the eye
To put it simply, a vision therapist is a person under the supervision of an optometrist who conducts therapeutic activities to help a person who suffers from a visual disorder.
Can Home Exercises Treat Lazy Eye?
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Summary

We would love to see you at our practice, American Family Vision Clinic, for a consultation and to answer any of your questions about a lazy eye or any other visual functions. Please schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Zurcher and staff, either by calling (360) 491-2121 or Book an Appointment

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Testimonials


  • Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.


    Anna P.

  • I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.


    June S.

  • Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.


    Christine R.

  • Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.


    Lars Wulff

  • Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.


    Justin E.

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