Expert / 7 April, 2022 / Christina Walter
Amblyopia (am-blee-OH-pee-uh) — commonly known as a “lazy eye” — is a condition that starts in childhood, and affects up to 3 out of 100 children in the UK. It describes a condition where one eye becomes weaker than the other and is a leading cause of vision loss in children. Amblyopia does not get better on its own and requires treatment to improve.
Bynocs’ patented Dichoptic Binocular treatment is an innovative cloud-based software to treat lazy eyes, consisting of different computer-based activities that train the brain to work together for the restoration of a proper binocular vision. While traditional treatment/patching is only done in children under seven, Bynocs is effective for all ages.
Each eye receives a specific stimulus (dichoptic means viewing a separate and independent field by each eye) as well as some common elements, which trains up the weaker eye and forces the brain to recognize signals from both eyes.
This innovative treatment also offers the only approach to developing stereopsis (also known as depth perception) which is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions (3D) – length, width, and depth, allowing a person to judge where an object is relative to him or her. Among those with lazy eyes, 95% lack stereopsis. It is particularly important for children to develop sound depth perception for their own safety, for example, when they grow up and learn to cross a road by themselves and even for things as basic as participating in sports at school.
The course of treatment includes 30 sessions of computer game-like activities, which take just 30 minutes a day, to be completed across a 6-week period and is proven to get rid of a lazy eye for life.
All that is needed is an internet connection, 11-inch (or larger) LED, and the use of anaglyph glasses which are provided.
Bynocs is a better and more convenient choice than existing treatments that are available for lazy-eye sufferers. Unlike current options which are limited to children under eight years old, Bynocs is suitable for all ages. The treatment only takes 6 weeks to complete, in comparison to patching or wearing glasses, which can take months, even years, to correct a lazy eye, making the Bynocs the more efficient, as well as stress-free option for both the child and parent.
Bynocs’ activities can be made into a fun interactive after-school activity for children and since it only takes 30 minutes a day, is very easy to incorporate into an everyday routine. This makes it the perfect choice even for the busiest of parents!
Wearing a patch or glasses can be an unpleasant and distressing experience for children, particularly for those who engage in sports/extra-curricular activities where such treatment options would be a hindrance. It can be equally as heartbreaking for a parent to see your child struggling. Bynocs believes no child should have to miss out on playing with friends, football matches, or dance rehearsals because of a lazy eye!
It is heavily recommended that babies get a thorough screening at the age of 6 months and again at 3 years old, to make sure that the condition can be detected early, and corrective treatment can begin. Children often might not mention any symptoms to their parents so it is important to look out for the following signs, that might indicate a lazy eye:
• Bumping into things on a particular side a lot.
• Experiencing a large difference in nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes.
• Favoring one side of the body.
• Having crossed eyes.
• Having a droopy eyelid.
• Shutting one eye or squinting a lot.
• Frequently tilting their head to one side.
Since launching four years ago Bynocs has successfully treated over 4,000 patients and launched into Europe, the USA, South America, and Middle East in 2021, and it remains the dichoptic binocular treatment to help amblyopic patients of all ages, and develop stereopsis, if absent.