Acta Scientific Ophthalmology (ISSN: 2582-3191)

Short Communication Volume 4 Issue 6

Binocular Vision: Why is it So Important?

Ilse Homan*

Department of Optometry, Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), Founder at Eyeli, South Africa

*Corresponding Author: Ilse Homan, Department of Optometry, Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), Founder at Eyeli, South Africa.

Received: April 25, 2021; Published: May 19, 2021

Binocular vision should form a fundamental part of every visual assessment, especially when looking after children’s vision, for three main reasons.

  • Having two eyes that work together, enables us to have three-dimensional vision, depth perception, distance judgement and eye-hand coordination. Without binocular vision, catching a ball, driving a car or even a simple task like walking becomes difficult.
  • Binocular vision problems could have a significant effect on quality of life and have the best prognosis if diagnosed and treated early when the visual system is still developing [1].
Comfortable vision when reading and learning:
  • Children spent at least 60% of their time in the classroom looking at near objects and digital screens, with fixations from distance-to-near occurring 10 times a minute. This requires a sable and accurate visual system to ensure comfort and comprehension [2].
  • An insufficient accommodation reserve affects our ability to focus on near work for sustained periods, while accommodation infacility would make changing focus form distance-to-near slow and tedious.
  • Alignment issues, like reduced vergence facility and esophoria, are known to affect not only our visual comfort, but also speed and accuracy during reading [3].
  • Convergence insufficiency (CI) becomes so uncomfortable, that it is linked to behaviours issues like attention and avoidance of schoolwork. Many children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), when in fact, they actually had CI [4].
Myopia onset, progression and management:
  • Myopia is affected by inaccurate binocular vision - including near esophoria, higher AC/A ratios, accommodative lag and greater variability in accommodative responses [5-8].
  • Intermittent exotropia (IXT) has also been associated with a higher prevalence of myopia, with 47% of children with IXT becoming myopic by age 10 and 91% by age 20 [9].
  • Binocular vision is therefore a very important consideration when deciding on treatment options for a myopic patient.
  • Myopia management, when esophoria, accommodation issues and higher AC/A ratios are present, have shown better efficacy with progressive addition or bifocal (BF) spectacle lenses, as supposed to peripheral defocus spectacle or contact lenses [10].
  • Fitting exo myopic children from spectacles to contact lenses, can increase their exo deviation which could affect visual comfort and myopia control efficacy [11,12].


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Citation: Ilse Homan. “Binocular Vision: Why is it So Important?".Acta Scientific Ophthalmology 4.6 (2021): 42-43.


Copyright: © 2021 Ilse Homan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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