Amblyopia is often referred to as “Lazy Eye”. It is a condition where the affected eye does not see as clearly. It can be caused by an eye turn or a significant uncorrected eyeglass prescription. If one eye is turned or has the larger prescription, the brain will ignore this eye. Over time this leads to amblyopia or a weaker eye.
Normally, the eyes can focus and refocus quickly and easily when switching from looking close up to further away. The eyes have to adjust for each change in viewing distance. Focusing skills are typically learned and develop as the child grows. When it doesn’t develop properly it can cause a variety of problems.
Our eyes need to work together to give us single clear vision at all distances with all tasks. Eye Teaming is the ability to maintain a visual focus on an object with both eyes, creating a single visual image. This is the “normal” way the eyes work.
(Oculomotor Dysfunction) Eye tracking is the ability to keep the eyes on target when looking from one object to another, moving the eyes along the print on a page, or following a moving object like a ball.
Our visual skills play a vital role in our ability to play sports. Just as practice and exercise can increase strength and speed, a sports vision training program can help athletes improve their visual fitness. Sports vision training is an innovative way for athletes to improve their abilities through a progressive program of vision drills that enhance fundamental visual skills that are critical to athletic performance.
In the same way an individual with a head injury can have deficits in motor and speech functions, there may be deficits with regard to visual function. An injury to any part of the brain will impact the visual system in some way.