We like to blog about the kinds of good visual skills that are critical for a smoothly-functioning visual system. Let’s take a look at eye teaming, and how vision therapy can help you if your two eyes aren’t working in tandem.What is eye teaming? Whether an object is fixed in space or if the eyes are tracking a moving target, eye teaming occurs when both eyes are working together and focusing on the same point in space. When your eyes focus on that point, they each produce a distinct image viewed from a slightly different perspective.
Depth perception occurs when the brain combines those two distinct images into one 3D image. If the eyes are not teaming, it’s much more difficult for those two images to be combined. The result could be double vision.
In order to eliminate the confusion of double vision, your brain may ignore one of the images. This solves the problem of double vision, but by choosing only one image the brain has just eliminated the 3D image we get with binocular (two-eyed) depth perception.
How can vision therapy help improve eye teaming?
Vision therapy uses a variety of different activities to encourage the two eyes to work together and perceive visual space accurately. For example, one activity includes looking at 3D targets and determining if where the patient sees it matches where it actually is. Through these types of activities, we can help to improve a patient’s perception of visual space.
Eye teaming may not be the only vision problem affecting a patient. Often there are other visual skills that need to be addressed.
Can prescription glasses help eye teaming?
In some simple cases, developmental glasses may resolve the symptoms of the problem, but usually vision therapy is also required. It’s important to note that glasses for eye teaming issues (developmental glasses) are different in purpose from the glasses generally prescribed by optometrists to improve visual acuity (clarity of vision).
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