It’s Never Too Late to Treat a Lazy Eye—

          Just Ask Pat, a 66-year-old grandmother!

Besides using glasses, in the past most eye doctors have followed two “rules” for treating lazy eyes:  1) patch the good eye all day to force the lazy eye to work and 2) don’t treat a lazy eye if the patient is over six years old because by then it’s too late--WRONG!  

Recent research shows that the first rule has been wrong all along. A large study published in 2003 showed that vision would improve in lazy eyes with as little as two hours daily patching. This study radically changed the way eye doctors approached treatment. Optometrists specializing in vision therapy have known this for years. Rarely has a patient been patched more than 2 hours per day. When you combine the power of vision therapy with glasses and eye patching, full recovery of vision in the weaker eye is possible in 93% of cases with permanent results that aren't lost over time. 

Optometrists board certified in vision therapy know the second "rule" is also untrue. Vision therapy is such a powerful tool to neurologically reprogram the visual system that a lazy eye can be treated at any age.  Patricia, a 66-year-old grandmother, is a perfect example.  Here is her story:

Patricia always had a lazy eye.  The condition was not found as a child and by the time it was diagnosed, doctors felt there was little that could be done to improve her vision. So Patricia was forced to make adaptations and find ways to live with her “bad” eye.

However, as she became older, Patricia started to have trouble driving because she had little peripheral vision on her right side.  So she decided to see if we could help.

After three months of vision therapy, Patricia had clear vision out of her lazy eye. Her eyes worked together perfectly, and for the first time in her life Pat had good depth perception and side vision.  Driving was much easier for Pat, and she was thrilled at the amazing differences "normal" vision meant in her life. Patricia is living proof that a lazy eye can be treated at any age!  

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