Optometrist testing a child's binocular vision

Binocular Vision Clinic

Binocular vision is the ability for our brain to combine the two images seen by each of our eyes into a single image that is both clear and comfortable. It also provides the ability for us to perceive depth and judge how far objects are in space.

Sometimes, it is challenging for our eyes to produce an image that is single, clear and comfortable because of difficulties with our ability to focus on objects (known as accommodation), track objects (oculomotor) or fuse objects (vergence). People who have problems with their binocular vision, often have difficulties with reading for long periods of time, focusing on a computer or other electronic device or playing sports and report symptoms such as double vision, blurred vision, eyestrain or fatigue or a dull headache.

In the Binocular Vision Clinic, we thoroughly examine all aspects of your focusing, tracking and fusion abilities and can treat these problems with lenses, prisms or vision training exercises (known as vision therapy). Vision therapy is a custom regimen of individualized activities and exercises made to retrain the brain and eyes to work better as a team and improve vision functioning. If needed, we can also connect you with other health or education professionals for additional care or support

Appointments at the Binocular Vision Clinic must be made by phone.

Please call 519-888-4567 ext. 32395.

If you have questions pertaining to binocular vision and vision therapy, you can email binocular.vision@uwaterloo.ca.