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Vision Therapy for Anisometropia

What is Anisometropia?

Anisometropia is a condition in which the eyes have significantly different refractive power: One eye sees very well while the other doesn’t. This discrepancy causes the brain to receive two very different images, resulting in eye strain, squinting, and headaches. Anisometropia can lead to a serious condition, amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” that causes the brain to compensate for the imbalance by essentially ignoring one eye and seeing solely with the other eye.

When the brain ignores one eye, communication between that eye and the brain becomes much weaker — a problem that should be addressed immediately by contacting Dr. Lisa Roach.

Anisometropia can result from:

  • A large difference in the optical prescription between the two eyes
  • Strabismus, with the eyes not aligning properly
  • Accommodation difficulties, with one eye doing more of the focusing
  • Ptosis, when the upper eyelid droops and blocks vision
  • Diseases affecting the eyes or surrounding ocular structures
  • A detached retina

It also can occur when the eyes are not the same size, shape, or curvature. As a result, when a person stares at an object, each eye perceives the object as a different size, causing it to appear blurry.

What Can be Done About Anisometropia?

If the visual acuity difference between the two eyes vary widely, this may not be correctable with eyeglasses. However, contact lenses may prove to be more effective as they sit directly on the eyes. LASIK surgery also is an option.

During childhood, anisometropia is best addressed through vision therapy, which is a personalized regimen of exercises managed by Dr. Lisa Roach. Vision therapy for children with anisometropia might include the following:

  • Customized exercises to stimulate the brain’s connection with the weaker eye
  • Wearing a patch over the favored eye so the patient has no choice but to see with the weaker eye
  • Wearing prisms while doing homework, watching TV, or playing video games
  • Eye drops that temporarily blur the favored eye, again leaving no option but to rely on the weaker eye.

Vision Therapy Center At Eye Trends provides vision therapy for those with anisometropia from Houston, Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, and throughout Texas.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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