Vision Development Approach to Strabismus and Amblyopia

Vision Development Approach to Strabismus and Amblyopia with Steen Aalberg

4-hour course taught in 2 x 2 hour segments


Optometrist, FCOVD

CEO, Synsplejeklinik,

Director of clinical affairs and post. grad. course development, KSI Copenhagen


Steen graduated 1978 from Danish School of Optometry in Copenhagen.

Since 1986 in private optometric vision care practice in the southern part of Juttland. After completing C.O.V.D. Fellowship in 1995, Steen has, in parallel to running his own office, been mainly occupied in education, vision training, remediation and rehabilitation of functional visual problems, with a special focus on those caused by acquired brain injury. This work supports his main interest is vision, as it develops through interaction of sensor and motor components of the human organism and nervous system. He is heading the post grad. courses in neurooptometric rehabilitation, and functions as optometric consultant for EYEBAB in developing apps for vision rehab and training.

“I find it exiting how theories of self-organizing complex systems and chaos often apply to vision, as to many other aspects of our world. I put special interest to educational and developmental aspects on the field of vision. My primary goal is to constantly increase my level of understanding of the nature of light and human vision and bringing this knowledge to action.”


A Vision development Approach to Strabismus and Amblyopia

If we do not see these patients before the condition is present we naturally loose sight of the potential route they have travelled to get where they are. By using diagnoses such as “Strabismic amblyopia” and “Refractive esotropia” we more or less take the underlying causes of the condition for granted and we are blinding our selves for further options. Even if the words and concepts of these diagnoses are linked statistically, they miss solid relation to the time frame and sequence in which they occur.

If we’re off in our diagnostic given assumption, it may impair the treatment itself and even hinder the patient in reaching her full visual potential. Most often lenses alone does not fix the squint or amblyopia, and if we are satisfied just by the angle decreasing by prescription or by gaining a little acuity, we’re missing out our opportunity to best help the patient. They need professional coaching and a controlled environment to learn using their visual process the best, an very little in this process can be left at chance.

The goal of this course is to put our treatment in perspective to vision development, and in doing so attempting to align our treatment goal with the purpose of vision itself.


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