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Matching Game

The patching technique has been used for a very long time and it’s a method in which the stronger eye is closed for a period of time in order to strengthen the weaker eye. There is an alternative method known as MFBF, monocular fixation in a binocular field, which uses filters. This enables the stronger eye to remain open, however it does not participate in the activity at hand. All of the focus is on strengthening the weaker eye, but in contrast to patching, the stronger eye is able to remain open. With the help of the filter it does not interfere with the strength training of the weaker eye.

 

There are so many different strategies that could be used with the MFBF approach. For example, the patient could be challenged to a matching game while wearing glasses with a red filter in one eye and green in the other. Cards are laid on the table in front of the patient. Half the cards can only be seen through the red filter and the other half can only be seen through the green filter. This kind of activity allows the eye doctor to understand which targets the patient’s brain is able to perceive. In addition, it distinguishes if the brain is having a harder time processing the signals from one eye over the other. This is just one example of the many available activities one can use employing filters to distinguish between the two eyes.

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Dr. Zurcher

Originally from Arizona, Levi received his Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from Northern Arizona University and his Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in Oregon. He is board certified in developmental vision and vision therapy by COVD. He purchased the practice from the Inversos in 2012. He likes spending time with his family (wife and two children,) mountain biking, and undertaking creative projects. He wrote the vision therapy software used by the clinic, retinal camera software, and the computerized eye-chart used for exams.

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  • 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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