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Why is Vision Therapy the better choice than Surgery for Strabismus/Eye Turns
Strabismus is an ocular muscle problem that is commonly corrected with surgery. However, treatment with Vision Therapy can also help to correct this problem without risks of surgery and anesthesia.
Effects of Anesthesia
Here are some interesting articles on the effects of anesthesia on children. It is important to do some research and learn other options before a child goes into any form of surgery. However if surgery is necessary for large, or certain types of eye turns, then Vision therapy before or after the surgery will help the surgical outcome and prevent the need for additional corrective surgeries. When a child or adult learns to use the eyes as a team, as they learn in Vision Therapy, the neural pathways created keep the eyes straight post surgery.
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“I have seen so much growth in Kayla. She appears much less frustrated and seems more able to cope with frustrating situations. Last year she could not connect the dots to make a triangle to now being able to draw and microscope and it's parts from the board. She enjoys reading now and is doing adult connect the dot books. We used to spend hours on homework which was often not done correctly--to going to school all day and then math tutoring for an hour with no problems. She still struggles with reading and spelling, but on her last report card got all A's and 1B. She feels that the vision therapy has helped her be more successful in life (softball, school, etc). My personnel feeling is that Kayla's vision problems created a feeling of chaos or loss of control---she struggled with trying to control her life in a chaotic situation. Now she can make sense of the world visually, she is less angry, less stressed and feels more successful in life. Thank you for everything!”