Some years ago, if for example, you had a leg injury, you would have had surgery, been given a crutch and left to get on with it. Nowadays it is common practice to have physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy. Yet of all the muscle surgeons around, the only group who do not include these types of therapies are the eye surgeons. The question arises as to how good eye surgery actually is. Clicking the button below links you to a presentation given by Dr De Maino from the US
Evidence Based Medicine: Strabismus Surgery Outcomes
"... Since the proprioceptors in the muscle tendons play a role in feedback to the brain of where the eyes are pointing, we may want to do something OTHER than surgery to treat strabismus, because these fibers are right where [the ophthalmic surgeons] make the cut!
This Cutting of the proprioceptor nerves may therefore hinder the straightening of the eye because the brain does not know where the eye is..."
- See more at: http://www.mainosmemos.com/2014/09/richard-bruenech-phd-during-2014.html#sthash.AhPlbTY3.dpuf
At the Vision Centres, each patient is treated as an individual. Following an extensive eyesight and vision assessment, an individualiised Optometric Vision Therapy, non-surgical treatment program is developed to correct eye movement control and visual-motor deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
eye focusing abilities,
eye movements, and/or
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and specially developed vision therapy equipment, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and automated through repetition and by complementary integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Vision Therapy continues to advance with our developing knowledge in the training and rehabilitation of the eye-brain connections (neuroplasticity) involved in vision. Clinical and research developments in Vision Therapy are closely allied with developments in neuroscience and research continues.
In Vision Therapy programs, we consider the neurological control systems of the whole visual-motor system and thus alter many reflexive behaviours, which results in a lasting cure. Office based therapy allows tight monitoring of visual development during the therapy process.
NOTE: Unfortunately vision therapy is not successful in straightening the eyes in all patients, and there are still many cases where surgery is still indicated. However by incorporating vision therapy both pre and post surgery increases the possibility of a successful outcome