A Time for Reflection
in thinking is that squints do not cause “lazy eye” and are, in fact, in 95 per cent of cases nothing to do with an ocular muscle problem but are a response by the brain to this binocular competition. This means that the best way of treating squints is by treating the vision problem that is causing the underlying information miss-match and seldom by surgery. Many eye-care professionals sadly still believe it is impossible to treat “lazy eyes” after the age of seven years. Evidence about “neural plasticity” has changed dramatically recently. It is now common place to successfully treat adults with “lazy eye” and squints and also patients with traumatic brain injury at any age. It just takes more time in older patients.