Understanding Vision Therapy for Strabismus Treatment

Published on
April 8, 2023

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), it is estimated that about 4% of the US population has strabismus, affecting both children and adults. Strabismus is more common in children.

Strabismus, commonly known as "crossed eyes" or "lazy eye," is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned, leading to difficulty seeing and performing daily activities. Imagine two eyes aligned when looking at something straight ahead would be exactly the same height and centered. However for someone with strabismus one of their eyes is higher or lower or more turned in or out. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the condition. However, for many individuals, vision therapy can be a highly effective alternative to surgery or to support the outcome of surgery.

The Benefits of Vision Therapy for Strabismus Treatment

There are several benefits to using vision therapy as a treatment option for strabismus, including:

Non-Surgical: Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment option, which means that it is a less invasive option than surgery. This can be particularly beneficial for children, who may be hesitant or afraid to undergo surgery.

Effective: Vision therapy has been shown to be highly effective in improving the symptoms of strabismus, including double vision and loss of depth perception.

Customizable: Vision therapy can be customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. The therapy can be tailored to address the specific symptoms and underlying causes of the patient's strabismus.

Improves Quality of Life: By improving visual function, vision therapy can help individuals with strabismus to perform daily activities more easily, enhancing their quality of life.

Addresses Underlying Issues: Unlike surgery, which only addresses the outward symptoms of strabismus, vision therapy tackles the underlying issues that are causing the condition.

The Duration of Vision Therapy for Strabismus Treatment

The duration of vision therapy for strabismus can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the specific needs of the patient. Some patients may see improvement in as little as a few weeks, while others may require several months or even a year of therapy.

During the course of vision therapy, the patient will typically visit our vision therapist weekly who will track their progress and make adjustments to the therapy as needed.

It's important to note that vision therapy is not a one-size-fits-all treatment option. The therapy will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient and may include a variety of exercises and activities.

In some cases, vision therapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as specialized glasses or contact lenses. The goal of vision therapy is to improve the overall function of the eyes and reduce the symptoms of strabismus, so it's important to be patient and committed to the therapy.

Understanding Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned properly. This results in one eye looking straight ahead while the other eye is turned in a different direction. The misalignment can be constant or intermittent, and it can affect one eye or both eyes.

There are several types of strabismus, including esotropia, exotropia, hypertropia, and hypotropia. Esotropia is when one eye turns inward towards the nose, while exotropia is when one eye turns outward away from the nose. Hypertropia is when one eye is higher than the other, and hypotropia is when one eye is lower than the other.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for strabismus that involves a series of exercises and activities designed to improve the way the eyes work together. The goal of vision therapy is to help the brain learn to use the eyes together as a team, improving visual function and reducing the symptoms of strabismus.

Vision therapy is typically conducted under the supervision of our optometrist with weekly sessions done by one of our passionate vision therapists. The therapy may include activities such as eye tracking exercises, focusing exercises, and other activities designed to improve the coordination between the eyes.

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Schedule a Functional Vision Exam for Strabismus Treatment

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with strabismus, it's important to see our eye doctor for a functional vision exam. At your initial appointment, we will evaluate your eyes and vision function to determine the severity of your condition and the best treatment approach. From there, we can work together to develop a vision therapy plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

Contact us at (423) 710 3965 today to learn more about vision therapy and how it can help you improve your visual function and quality of life.

Patients with functional vision issues such as strabismus visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients with strabismus from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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