Binocular Vision Problems

Cooper Eye Care -  - Optometry

Cooper Eye Care

Optometry located in Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY & Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Around 12% of the general population deals with some form of binocular vision problems, including amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” At Cooper Eye Care in Upper East Side, and Dyker Heights, New York City, the team of skilled and experienced eye care professionals offers comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment options for different types of binocular vision problems at their offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They can also provide relief from associated symptoms, such as dizziness and nausea. To learn more, call or use online booking to set up an appointment today.

Binocular Vision Problems Q & A

What are Binocular Vision Problems?

Binocular vision problems refer to a collection of eye muscle strain conditions caused by tiny misalignments in your eyes. Essentially, binocular vision problems occur when your eyes are misaligned.

There are several different types of binocular vision problems, including:

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Convergence insufficiency


Binocular vision problems can affect people of all ages, from infancy to the latter stages of adulthood.

What Causes Binocular Vision Problems?

Although it’s known muscle abnormalities in your eyes that lead to your eyes being misaligned are the most common culprit of binocular vision problems, an underlying root cause isn’t known. However, there are certain risk factors that are thought to be linked to binocular vision problems, such as:

  • Family history
  • Age (risk increases as you get older)
  • Head trauma (concussion, stroke, or neurological disorder)
  • Sports injuries


In some cases, signs and symptoms of binocular vision problems can develop gradually over many years.

What are the Symptoms of Binocular Vision Problems?

Even though there are different types of binocular vision problems, many of the signs symptoms are the same, and may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading
  • Double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Migraines
  • Trouble focusing
  • Vertigo


Since many symptoms of binocular vision problems overlap with other general health problems, it’s important to get a professional diagnosis from the specialists at Cooper Eye Care.

How are Binocular Vision Problems Treated?

Your individualized treatment for binocular vision problems depends on the specific diagnosis offered by the team at Cooper Eye Care after a comprehensive eye exam and possible further tests.

Your treatment may involve corrective lenses or surgery in some cases, but the most common and often most effective intervention is vision therapy. In-office vision therapy supplemented by home therapy is generally the method of choice for issues like convergence insufficiency.

Weekly vision therapy visits include procedures and exercises that enhance eye functions, including your:

  • Eye alignment
  • Eye focus
  • Eye movement
  • Tracking and teaming
  • Visual processing


To learn more about the treatment options for binocular vision problems, call Cooper Eye Care or use convenient online booking to schedule your consultation today.