Different rates of functional recovery of eye movements during orthoptics treatment in an adult amblyope

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1979 Feb;18(2):213-9.


Although it is common clinical knowledge that oculomotor control appears to normalize during the course of successful orthoptics therapy for amblyopia, reports providing a quantitative analysis of eye movements during extended periods of treatment are lacking. We provide for the first time such a report in an adult amblyope. Aspects of eye movement control that tended to normalize with therapy include drift amplitude and velocity, duration and frequency of steady fixation, and pursuit gain. These results suggest that smooth pursuit control can be modified, even in an adult amblyope. Aspects of eye movement control that remained abnormal throughout therapy, in spite of normalization of visual acuity and centralization of fixation, include increased saccadic latencies, use of large saccades during small-amplitude pursuit tracking, and static overshooting. These results suggest that certain aspects of saccadic and pursuit control could either no longer be modified or would require longer periods for this to occur.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Amblyopia / therapy*
  • Eye Movements*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orthoptics / methods*
  • Saccades
  • Strabismus / therapy