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What is Eye Teaming and Why it Matters?

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Eye teaming is also named binocular vision

Both of our eyes must contribute in order to have good vision. In other words, to see the world properly, our eyes need to team up. In this blog post, we’ll talk about what eye teaming is, why it’s important, and how it affects our vision.

What is Eye Teaming?

Eye teaming, also called binocular vision, is when both eyes work together to create one picture in our brains.

It is a visual ability that enables both eyes to function precisely and in synchrony. A person with good eye teaming can see clearly and comfortably for extended periods of time.

Each eye captures a slightly different view of the world, and the brain combines these two images to provide depth perception, spatial awareness, and accurate judgment of distances.

How Does it Work

The process of eye teaming involves several complex mechanisms. The eyes must align properly so that they are directed at the same point in space, and the visual information from each eye must be synchronized and integrated in the brain.

When this system functions smoothly, we experience clear and comfortable vision. However, any disruption in eye teaming can lead to various visual problems and discomfort.

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Why Does Eye Teaming Matter

Eye teaming is crucial for several reasons:

Depth Perception and Judging Distances

The ability to perceive depth allows us to accurately judge distances and navigate our environment safely. Proper eye teaming ensures that the brain receives consistent visual input from both eyes, allowing for accurate depth perception.

Comfortable Vision

When the eyes are not properly aligned, it can lead to eye strain, headaches, double vision, and other discomforts. Proper eye teaming promotes comfortable vision by reducing strain on the eye muscles and optimizing visual efficiency.

Visual Development

Eye teaming plays a crucial role in the visual development of children. Proper alignment and coordination of the eyes are essential for the brain to learn how to interpret visual information correctly. Any deficits in eye teaming can hinder a child’s learning and development.

Performance in Daily Activities

From reading and driving to playing sports and using electronic devices, many everyday tasks require good eye teaming skills. Poor teaming can affect performance in these activities, leading to decreased efficiency and enjoyment.

A visual representation of convergence insufficiency.

Identifying and Addressing Eye Teaming Issues

Detecting problems with eye teaming requires a comprehensive eye examination conducted by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. During the examination, various tests may be performed to assess ocular alignment, eye movements, and binocular vision.

The two most prevalent issues with eye teaming that impact close work and reading are:

1. Convergence insufficiency: You will have trouble focusing on close objects and will need to gently turn both eyes inward.
2. Convergence excess: When someone has convergence excess, their eye turns too far outward, which can also lead to issues with eye teaming.
Both of those vision issues can not be detected when just looking at a person.

A more severe condition that can happen from poor eye teaming is strabismus. Strabismus or crossed eyes refer to the eye misalignment.

Treatment Options for Poor Eye Teaming

If issues with how eye work together are identified, treatment options may include:

1. Eye Teaming Exercises (Vision therapy):
A personalized program of vision therapy exercises and activities designed to improve teaming skills and strengthen the visual system.

AmblyoPlay Vision Therapy targets six core visual skills, including convergence and divergence, which are responsible for good eye teaming. With the binocular (dichoptic training) eye exercises, we stimulate the eyes separately, but we also teach them how to work together, therefore improving eye teamwork.

And what can be even better? It is personalized. It means that it adapts to your specific case, ensuring the optimal results! You can use AmblyoPlay right at home, whenever it’s convenient for you. All you need is a computer or tablet and a little bit of time each day to play the games.

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2. Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses:
Corrective lenses may be prescribed to help align the eyes and alleviate symptoms of eye teaming problems.

3. Prism Lenses:
Prism lenses can be used to manipulate the way light enters the eyes, helping to improve alignment and reduce visual discomfort.

Conclusion

Eye teamwork or binocular vision is super important for how we see and understand the world. By knowing about it and getting regular check-ups with the eye doctor, we can keep our eyes healthy and make sure they’re working together the best they can. So, let’s give a high-five to our eyes for being such great teammates!

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is eye teaming, and why is it important?

Eye teaming, also known as binocular vision, is the coordinated effort of both eyes working together to create a single image in the brain. It is crucial for depth perception, spatial awareness, and comfortable vision. Without proper eye teamwork, tasks such as driving, reading, and playing sports can become challenging.

How can I tell if I have issues with eye teaming?

Signs of poor eye teamwork include double vision, eye strain, headaches, and difficulty focusing. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult with an eye care professional for a comprehensive examination. They can assess your binocular vision and recommend appropriate treatment if needed.

How can AmblyoPlay vision therapy help improve my eyes to work together?

AmblyoPlay is a vision therapy solution designed to enhance binocular vision and eye coordination. Through personalized exercises and activities, AmblyoPlay stimulates both eyes simultaneously, encouraging them to work together more effectively.

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Why Do We Suggest a Minimum Time of 6 Months for Success?

Based on the data from over 15,000 patients using AmblyoPlay, improvements start within 4 months, while optimal results take anywhere between 6-18 months on average. The duration of required training depends on the patient’s age, the severity of the problem, accompanying diseases, and adherence to the training program.