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WHEN PUSH COMES TO PULL

Recent research lends credence to the notion that eye exercises may help individuals overcome a condition called “sensory eye dominance.” This eye condition involves an imbalance between the vision strength of the eyes, which leads to impairment of fine depth perception. In extreme cases, the imbalance is similar to amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye”), which affects two to three percent of children in the United States. According to a recent study, researchers were able to correct the condition using a push-pull training method. This eye exercise involves making the weaker eye work harder while the stronger eye is suppressed. Doing so reduces the inhibitory effect that the stronger eye exerts on the weaker eye.  

Researchers hope to adapt the push-pull training method mentioned above to treat children with amblyopia. If you have children, protect their visual development by being attentive to unusual behavior such as difficulty reading or picking up objects or bumping into things.