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Eye Turn & Lazy Eye in Adults

Eye Turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视)

Strabismus is often called crossed eyes because the eyes can look like they are crossed, but it is an eye turn. Strabismus (Eye Turn, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) is a condition where the two eyes are not looking at the same point at the same time.

Based on the direction the eye turns, strabismus can be classified to inward eye turning (esotropia), outward turning (exotropia), upwards turning (hypertropia) and downward turning (hypotropia).

Sometimes you can see the eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and other times you can’t because it only turns when the child looks at objects up close or if he is tired or not feeling well.

Lazy Eye (Amblyopia, Mata Malas懒惰眼)

Lazy eye, known as Amblyopia refers to a condition of the brain where it ignores visual information from one eye and vision in that eye does not get better with any type of glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Lazy Eye (Amblyopia 懒惰眼) can be caused by an eye turn. The eye which is not looking where you want to look has to be ignored because the brain cannot make sense out of two different images.

It can also occur when one eye doesn’t see as clearly as the other eye and it isn’t caught early enough. When this happens the eye becomes lazy, because it isn’t being used. Lazy Eye (Amblyopia, Mata Malas 懒惰眼) does not go away on its own. While many physicians were taught that it is not treatable past the age of 7 or 9 years of age, new research in the field of optometric vision therapy has shown otherwise. Depending on the reason, lazy eye therapy/training can be done no matter how old you are.

Strabismus and Amblyopia: Impact On Life

A lot of eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) are easy to see and those people with strabismus often become self-conscious. When the eye turn occurs occasionally or on and off throughout the day, it is not as obvious for people to see.

Most adults have had surgery when they were younger to treat the eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视). While their eyes may look straight, they often do not have full use of both of their eyes. And, they don’t work together to provide full 3D vision the way they should.

Reading, driving, sports performance, and even one’s ability to work can be affected by an eye turn (Strabismus, 斗鸡眼/斜视) and/or lazy eye (Amblyopia, 懒惰眼). In today’s world being able to see 3D has become very important. Individuals with eye turns and/or lazy eye cannot see the 3D effects in movies, etc.

Treatment for Adults with Eye Turn/Lazy Eye

At Sun Time Vision Specialists Centre,our behavioral and developmental optometrist can provide a very effective, non-surgical therapy that helps our patients eliminate eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斗鸡眼/斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia, 懒惰眼). We are able to teach our patients to use their two eyes together correctly, and with depth perception (being able to see 3D).

Just as there is physical therapy or speech therapy, there is Vision Therapy— therapy for the eyes. Our optometrist at Sun Time Vision Optometry are certified to provide optometric Vision Therapy in our office. We are able to teach children and adults how to use their two eyes correctly, and to train a variety of visual problems which are not fully help with glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Golden/Critical Period

While you may have been told that there is a golden/critical period where you can treat Strabismus/Amblyopia, and that after this period it is no longer possible for lazy eye treatment or eye turning treatment - research has found that it is possible to help both conditions no matter how old you are, even if you are an adult.

Through Behavioral & developmental optometry we are able to help our patients learn how to use their eyes correctly at any age. In order to see if we can help you or your loved ones in treating eye turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling, 斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia, Mata malas, 懒惰眼), schedule a Neuro-functional vision evaluation with our Behavioral and Developmental optometrist Mr. Stanley.

Mr Stanley With Dr Barry - Even Adults Can Be Helped With Neuro-Vision Therapy

Dr Susan R. Barry is a neuroscientist and a professor in the United States who has benefited from vision therapy as an adult. She shares her story in her book, Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions. In chapter 3, Dr. Barry even shares out her childhood experience after three strabismus surgeries:

“Even though my eyes appeared straight and aligned, I still didn’t use them normally. Both of my eyesights were 20/20 and had no problem passing a standard school vision screening. Yet, my vision was abnormal because I did not use my two eyes together. I was dreaded to go to grade school......when I looked down at the letters on the page, they didn’t stay in one place. My eye problem got worse as the print got smaller….”

Dr Barry did not have any developmental delays or challenges other than her vision. Imagine the amount of visual confusion that a special needs child experiences after eye surgery comparing to normal children. The good news is that we are able to help these children, normal or special needs, to treat their eye disorders without surgery (in most cases) and after surgery (for those who absolutely need it).

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Eye Turns (Strabismus, Mata Juling, 斗鸡眼/斜视) And Lazy Eye (Amblyopia, Mata Malas, 懒惰眼)

  • One eye seems to turn inward (esotropia) or outward (exotropia), either constantly or occasionally
  • Both eyes turn in or out
  • Eyes don’t seem to move correctly; either constantly or occasionally
  • Squints or closes one eye
  • Covers one eye while reading or looking at something close up
  • Inability to respond to some visual stimuli
  • Difficulty following moving objects
  • Bumps into objects while walking
  • Trouble with depth perception
  • Poor eye-hand coordination (poor handwriting, for example)
  • Uses finger to keep place when reading
  • Skips words when reading out loud
  • Moves head when reading
  • Complains of blurry or double images (diplopia)
  • Has trouble seeing 3D


Is it Too Late?
Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children. Vision Therapy is often more effective for adults because they are usually more motivated to improve their visual abilities, whereas children may not understand that they have a problem or how that problem may affect their interests or future.

Plenty of people have visual problems sustaining near-centered work, including reading, writing, and computer use. When people have trouble using both eyes together or can't focus for great lengths of time, they do not simply grow out of these problems. Children with visual problems often become adults with visual problems.

Why Are Older Children, Teenagers and Adults with Lazy Eye Still Being Told That Nothing Can Be Done for Them? by neurobiologist Susan R. Barry, Ph.D. and Rachel Cooper

How Vision Problem Can Affect Your Life
Adults will figure out many ways to compensate for their visual problems so that they can continue with any strenuous visual work they need to do. Often, adults come home from work extremely tired when all they did was sit at a desk and do paperwork. Some people will feel as if they had just run a 10K race! Children, on the other hand, will tend to avoid tasks that are difficult or make them feel inadequate.

How to Improve Your Vision?
A Neuro-Developmental & Behavioral optometrist can help to reduce the strain of near work as well as work with any other kinds of visual problems. The proper lenses along with vision therapy could make a tremendous difference in an adult's ability to function at work or sports, just as with children of school age.

We understand that you might have a number of questions; especially if this is the first time you are hearing that you may have a vision problem. Please feel free to call our office with your questions. Phone 03- 2110 3967

The First Step

The first step to treat eye turn (Strabismus, Mata Juling 斜视) and lazy eye (Amblyopia, Mata Malas 懒惰眼) is to schedule a Neuro-Developmental & functional vision evaluation to determine to what degree the vision problem is contributing to your difficulties. Once the testing is completed our Behavioral and Developmental optometrist Mr Stanley will meet with you in a separate appointment to review the results and go over the recommended program to treat strabismus or amblyopia.


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