Leo Angart created the Magic Eyes programme in response to the enormous need for an effective method to deal with not only Strabismus but also other common vision problems such as near-sight (myopia), far-sight (hyperopia), eye-coordination, astigmatism, etc. In Europe and North America, the prevalence of myopia in school children is about 20%. However, vision problems in children have reached crisis proportions in many Asian countries. For example, 78% of high school children in Taipei are nearsighted and the situation is similar in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Leo Angart has solid scientific evidence to support his claims and has worked with children and adults for many years. “It is my experience that normal or near normal vision can be regained but it will involve some work on the part of the patient,” says Leo Angart and, “for the best results, I recommend exercising the eye for one or two minutes at a time, but often.” The Magic Eyes programme focuses not only on the child but also on empowering parents to facilitate the change without the need of expensive visits to a clinic. The exercises are very simple; they are safe to do at home and are designed specifically for correcting Strabismus.
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What one mother said
When my son Jasch was four years old in 2009 he was diagnosed with hyperopia, strabismus and amblyopia and must now wear glasses (Right eye + 3.5 and Left eye +4.0 diopters). Then six month later Jasch started to wear a patch over his good eye, so his weaker eye could develop. Another six months later Jasch was diagnosed with astigmatism as well. So his vision had deteriorated and become worse. I felt completely helpless.
Every time we visited the eye doctor we saw children with eye problems. The mothers had to forcefully hold the the children down against their will, so the doctor could apply the eye drops. I could not forget these children’s protest. My son also did not like the eyedrops. He cried and said “mama why is this necessary I cannot see.”
I was distraught and was looking everywhere for alternatives. Then I came across Leo Angart’s book. I was fascinated to read that there was actually workshops for children. I and my son attended the very next workshop in Munich, 2011.
What I heard in the workshop was astonishing and surprising. With courage after the first seminar day I removed Jasch’s glasses and put them in my handbag. We did the exercises Leo recommended as often as was possible. We noticed improvement very quickly and Jasch did not wear his glasses anymore.
We tested Jasch’s eyesight with the eye chart and are happy that he does not need glasses. When he is very tired or sick his left eye turn slightly inward, but when he has rested his eyes are back to normal. Every school holiday we do four days eye training as maintenance.
I wish everyone who wants to improve their eyesight lots of success, and please continue the exercises until you succeed.
Susanne Brown, Nürenberg (2014)
The science of strabismus
Usually strabismus is managed by means of prism lenses or corrected by surgically weakening or tightening the eye-muscles. Often there is immense pressure placed on parents to give permission for their children to undergo surgery. However, the result of strabismus surgery is not impressive. In many cases it is only a cosmetic procedure failing to achieve stereoscopic vision.
Efficacy of the non-surgical vision training approach
In 1987 B. Wick did a retrospective examination of the records of 54 patients who had undergone vision treatment for accommodative esotropia – eye turning in. The patients were classified based on the Duane classification as having either convergence excess (n = 11) or equal eso-diversions (n = 43). Over 90% of the patients achieved total restoration of normal binocular function with this treatment approach.
Accommodative esotropia, efficacy of therapy , Journal of American Optometry Association, 58, 562-566,1987.
G. Chryssanthou studied 27 patients with intermittent exotropia – one eye turned out – ages ranging from 5 years to 33 years of age. A total of 89% of patients showed definite improvement, with 66.6% graded excellent 6 months to 2.5 years after treatment.
Orthopic management of intermittent exotropia , American Orthoptic Journal, 24: 69-72, 1974.
Dr. Gary Etting O.D., F.C.O.V.D. reported a 65% overall success rate in patients with constant strabismus. Specifically, 57% for esotropes (eye turning in) and 82% for exotropes (eye turning out). There was an impressive 89% success rate with intermittent strabismus. Specifically, 100% of esotropes (eye turning in) and 85% of exotropes (eye turning out). Dr. Etting reported an astonishing 91% success rate when retinal correspondence was normal. Strabismus therapy in private practice: Cure rates after three months of therapy ,
Journal of the American Optometric Association, 49: 1367-1373, 1978.
Flax and Duckman examined the effectiveness of orthoptics as a viable modality for treating strabismus. They reviewed the pertinent literature and presented an analysis of the data. The result of numerous studies showed a combined functional cure rate of 74%.
Orthoptic treatment of strabismus, Journal of the American Optometric Association, 49: 1353-1361, 1978.
W.M. Ludlam evaluated the efficacy of orthoptic strabismus treatment in 149 selected strabismus sufferers who received vision training treatment, and determined a 73% overall success rate.
Orthoptic treatment of strabismus , Am. J. Otom. Arch. Am Acad Optom, 38: 369-388, 1961.
In a subsequent study, Ludlam and Kleinman found the long-term success rate of vision therapy for strabismus to be 65%. The long range results of orthopic treatment of strabismus,
Am J. Optom. Arch. Am. Acad. Optom, 42: 647-684, 1965.
J.J. Bryer in Assessment of the results of orthoptic treatment in heterophoria , Br. Orthopt J., 18, 87-89, 1961 investigated the long-term effects of treatment of herterophoria. Of 89 patients whose initial symptoms were completely relieved during treatment, 81% remained symptom free on follow up 6 – 10 years after treatment. Only 4% experienced a recurrence of symptoms severe enough to require further treatment.
Also J.L. Vaegan reported successful results with isometric training in a 1979 study Convergence and divergence show large and sustained improvement after short isometric exercise .
Am J. Optom Physiol. Opt. 56, 23-33, 1979.
Many of the above studies may seem dated. However, the strabismic condition remains unchanged through time and the efficacy is thus still relevant and important.