Can home exercises treat lazy eye?

Published on
July 7, 2022

Is it possible to treat amblyopia by doing exercises online and some home activities?

What is vision therapy?

A behavioral optometrist trained in vision therapy strengthens the complex skills of vision encompassing not only the eyes but the entire visual system as a whole, going well beyond 20/20 vision. It is crucial that both eyes work together and communicate with the brain for clear vision. In vision therapy, a customized treatment program is created for each patient. Exercises are performed to help train the brain to work effectively with the eyes.

Do home exercises for treating lazy eye work?

Everyone searches the web for solutions to issues like lazy eyes or amblyopia, and straightening their eyes. It's like doing your own occupational, physical, and speech therapy at home. People don't know what to look for, so it doesn't have a really high success rate. Patients may be doing activities incorrectly or they may reinforce something that could be the cause of the primary problem, so the patient could always become worse by doing their own treatment.

Dr. Ikeda has been fortunate to serve as the president of the Neuro Optometric Association and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, two organizations dedicated to equipping functional optometrists with the tools to more accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients. During this time he has had the opportunity to work with countless functional optometrists who are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care, something that is impossible without the depth of training that these optometrists have.  

What should you do if you have a lazy eye?

Our recommendation is for you to get a thorough diagnosis and follow a customized treatment plan designed by a professional. Vision is such a crucial part of everything we do, with 80% of what we learn being taken in through our visual system. When working with a professional team of functional optometrists and vision therapists you are getting the appropriate care for your vision and life. Our functional optometrist, Dr. Eric T. Ikeda, and staff are standing by at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach to help you achieve your best vision. During the functional eye exam, Dr. Ikeda will determine if you can benefit from vision therapy and whether you have a lazy eye or any other visual function that needs strengthening. Call us at (562) 925-6591 to schedule an appointment. 


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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