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 (562) 925-6591 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 California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients with strabismus from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.


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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