Fixing Aloise’s Gaze (Strabismus) | Wow Vision Therapy

Dr. Dan: So, when I initially saw Eloise, she was four and a half years old, it was back in August of 2012. She presented, to us, with the condition of constant right esotropia, that’s a form of strabismus that indicates that she has a turned eye, in this case it was her right eye, turned about 25-degrees at distanced and near. Mom: When she started she had no control over her eye, it was completely turned and she wasn’t able to see at any distance. She couldn’t find me across the room. She loved dogs, but she couldn’t see them. She used to be afraid to cross the threshold of a door if I had any kind of thing on the floor because she couldn’t tell if she was going to trip or how high to put her foot, I mean just really little things in life We put her in glass at about 11-month-old, which is tricky. Well, basically we were told that they could cut into her eye and cosmetically straighten her eye to where they would both point straight forward. But, I actually had a friend who had a head injury and had gone through vision therapy for that and she said there’s this book that you should read called, ‘Fixing My Gaze.’ So I actually read the book and I was like, “No way anybody’s gonna cut into my kid!” And, I told my husband; I said, “Look. We’ll try the vision… …therapy first, if it doesn’t work they… …can always go back and do the surgery.” And, now we know we totally made the right decision. Dr. Dan: What eye muscle surgery does not do is allow the person to know how to use their two eyes and coordinating way, that ability comes from the coordination skills of the brain. So just simply repositioning the eyes doesn’t teach the brain how to use the two eyes. At this time, Eloise has completed about 35-sessions of office-based vision therapy. She’s been making terrific progress! She’s now starting to control the use of the two eyes, position them in a way that she can align them at far and near. With that, she’s also beginning to experience stereopsis, one of the fundamental benefits of the use of the two eyes and the ability to see 3D. Mom: And now, totally different! I mean sometimes she runs too fast for her mom. I’m like, “Don’t run so fast… …your going to fall!” But she doesn’t. It’s just really a huge change! And, you know, she’s out there with all the other kids like we feel like she should be. Dr. Dan: So when you have the ability to use the two eyes together you have the confidence that comes with that. You have the ability to apply your vision effectively and when that confidence emerges, so does the ability to do many things that we often times take for granted. Dr. Dan: There you go! What’s it like now when you have your eyes straight? Eloise: Nothing’s blurry!!!

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