Vision Therapy in Austin Can Be An Alternative To Eye Surgery

Unbeknownst to many, there are doctors who recommend vision therapy in Austin as an alternative to surgery for strabismus. Vision rehabilitation in Austin TX is gaining ground as one of the best treatment for strabismus, commonly referred to as crossed, wandering, or lazy eyes.

What Is Strabismus And What Causes It?

Strabismus is a neurological condition that renders the brain unable to align both eyes. This misalignment prevents the eyes from viewing the same thing at the same time. As a result, a person may experience double vision or the brain may adapt to ignore the image from the misaligned eye which is called suppression. When either of these circumstances occurs, depth perception is lost or compromised.
Strabismus is caused by anatomical or neurological faults that interfere with the proper alignment, coordination and function of the extraocular muscles. These six eye muscles are responsible for the proper positioning of each eye. The most common causes of problems to these muscles are genetics, developmental issues, and trauma.


Strabismus Treatment

There are two main approaches to the treatment of strabismus. There is eye muscle surgery and vision therapy. Surgery is typically a cosmetic approach to mitigate the appearance of the eye turn by cutting the eye muscles, however does not always result in the eyes working together as a team. Surgery is usually considered successful if the eyes look cosmetically aligned, regardless of whether visual function has improved. Most often surgical treatment is only a temporary solution as it does not address the root cause of the problem. This frequently results in the eyes turning again which in many cases results in multiple surgeries.

That’s why visual rehabilitation in Austin TX is a great alternative. Vision
therapy/rehabilitation is a non-invasive, functional approach that addresses the root cause of the problem, the inability of the brain to use both eyes as a team. A personalized vision therapy program can train the brain to properly align both eyes for improved functioning, depth perception, and cosmesis. Success is measured not only by cosmetic improvement but visual function as well, and the outcomes are longstanding.

If you would like to benefit from vision therapy in Austin, simply call our office, and we will provide you the necessary tools to truly correct your vision problems with the best possible outcomes.