Introduction to Orthoptic Clinic of Noor Eye Hospital
The importance and need for the correct and complete function of the vision system in today's world in the face of various occupations and, on the other hand, the diverse vision needs of individuals in daily activities are indisputable. On the other hand, the increasing use of computers, cell phones and tablets in personal and professional activities, as well as the lack of full compliance of these devices with the human eye system, has caused some of the illnesses and defects of binocular vision, which their complications are increasing. Some of these complications are:
1. Blurred vision
2. Double vision
3. Burning and redness of the eyes
4. Feeling of pain in the muscles and orbit of the eye
5. Headaches that are seen in a large group of individuals such as students and employees in the office environment.
In order to solve these problems and treat them, in addition to prescribing glasses, orthoptic exercises are recommended to improve the function of the visual system and increase eye muscle strength, improve the function of ocular adaptive and motor system, as well as enhance the ability of the neurological system (fusion); today in many advanced countries pay special attention to orthoptics and its exercises.
The people who refer to the orthoptic clinic of Noor Eye Hospital are classified in the following categories:
A. Patients with Amblyopia (lazy eye)
In most cases, these patients are who have not been completely treated or abandoned their treatment because of the long duration of treatment, the lack of complete and definitive outcome or the lack of cooperation of the patient in closing the healthy eye due to prolonged treatment.
Also, people who are faced with severe age-related visual constraints, or people who because of their low vision are faced with occupational and employment problems. Most of them believe that lazy eye is not treated in adulthood, but the orthoptic treatments performed at Noor Eye Hospital can resolve this problem.
The treatment of lazy eye performed at Noor Orthoptic Clinic is based on active amblyopia therapy, binocular or dichoptic amblyopic treatment. In other words, in addition to the traditional method of closing the healthy eye, other exercises and methods are applied to make the process of treatment faster and more attractive; especially for children.
The purpose of these exercises and therapeutic programs is to rapidly increase the amount of visual acuity of the lazy eye. Also these exercises enhance the coordination between the two eyes and the central nervous system, visual perception, and Coordination and collaboration of the visual system and the individual's motor system. At the end of the treatment procedure, patient's vision is improved and binocular vision is developed in order to stabilize the vision of the lazy eye and increase the visual acuity of the individual. Specialist Optometrists of Noor Eye Hospital provide the most up-to-date services to the patients using the latest devices of the day and having orthoptic knowledge.
B: Patients with weak adaptive system or ocular muscle weakness and defects of binocular vision (hidden Strabismus)
These patients who refer to Noor Eye Hospital usually complain of headaches, eye pain, blurred vision, doubled vision (especially when they are studying, using computers or driving and after using their eyes).
In most of these patients, their eye problems are either easily diagnosed or professionally investigated by the primary examinations performed at super specialty eye clinic of Noor Eye Hospital.
This weakness and insufficiency in the functioning of ocular muscles cannot be cured by optical, medicinal and even surgical procedures alone. Hence, most of these patients do not receive optimal treatment, but with orthoptic treatment and targeted and specialized exercises that can be done at the orthoptic clinic of Noor Eye Hospital and at home with special tools during a short time, they can be treated.
It should be noted that the type of exercise and the time they are performed per day or each treatment session and the duration of each treatment in different individuals varies greatly depending on the age, sex, and type of person's illness. Also, the type of orthoptic exercise given to each person is determined by his or her illness and may have different outcome in another person.
C: Patients with different types of double vision (Diplopia)
These patients are divided into two groups:
1. Those who their double vision is suddenly caused by blows, crashes, brain strokes, metabolic disease (endocrine disruptions), or Botox injections.
2. Those diagnosed to use prism eyeglasses after strabismus surgery to correct distortions of the eye, improve binocular vision and align the eyes in order to unify their images.
After referring to the orthoptic clinic of Noor Subspecialty Eye Hospital, these people experience the following steps:
1. Detailed examination and specialized measurements
2. Determine the type and extent of distortions of the eyes
3. Determine the type and amount of prism required for double vision correction
4. Prescription prism eyeglasses
5. Training the use of prism eyeglasses to enhance binocular vision capabilities