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How Vision Therapy Can Help Binocular Vision Disorder

by Stephen Silva

Binocular vision disorder is when a person is not able to sustain the movements and focus of the eye that are needed to look for details at a long distance for an extended period of time. This can be a problem because it is not able to be fully treated with glasses, since it is primarily a muscle problem. It will be just as difficult to look at a long distance for more than a few seconds with glasses as it is without. One way to treat binocular vision disorder is to utilize vision therapy. There are a few different ways that vision therapy can help treat vision binocular vision disorder.

1. Strengthens the Muscles in the Eye

The first way that vision therapy can help binocular vision disorder is by helping the person suffering strengthen the muscles in his or her eye. There are a number of ways to get this to happen. One is to cover the eye that is strong and force the person to rely on the eye that is weak, causing the eye to get stronger with more frequent use. Another option is to have the person hold long distance vision for as long as possible and try to make that time longer each day.

2. Improves Depth Perception

A person that is suffering from binocular vision disorder will often have a difficult time being able to appropriately determine depth. This can lead to problems with eye hand coordination, a lack of ability to play sports or even video games, and a general inability for a person to navigate the world around him or her. This person will go into a vision therapist's office once or twice a week in order for the doctor to help them increase their depth perception through practice. As a person's eye strengthens, he or she will start to notice depth markers that he or she may have never seen before. The doctor will be able to help that person identify these markers and practice using this information practically through exercises where he or she guesses the where an object is located spatially and then checks to see how close he or she was. 

Vision therapy for binocular vision disorder ordinarily takes a minimum of 10 to 12 hours of the person being in the office receiving therapeutic treatment. For more information about how you can make the most out of this time visit a website like