A Time for Re­flec­tion

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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