Worth Four Dot

Worth Four Dot in Santa Clarita

Dr. Carl Garbus, FAAO cartoon

Take our Vision Quiz to learn whether you should explore Vision Therapy

Amplify Eyecare Santa Clarita

Worth Four Dot

The worth four dot is an essential tool which helps the clinician understand what the patient is able to see from each eye. It is useful to detect if there is double vision or if there is suppression, which means that the brain is ignoring the visual signals from one eye. There are different causes for suppression and the worth four dot helps identify if the brain is paying attention to the signals from both eyes or if one eye is being favored over the other.

How it Works?

The patient wears glasses that have a red filter on the right eye and a green filter on the left eye. The eye doctor holds a special Worth Four Dot flashlight which comes with four circles on it. There is one red circle, two green circles and a white circle. The eye doctor holds this flashlight at various distances and asks the patient, how many dots do you see? What colors are the dots? Based on the patient’s response, the eye doctor gains a greater understanding of different aspects of the person’s visual system and if there is suppression of one eye.

Possible Outcomes

There are different possibilities of what a person who is wearing red and green glasses would see when looking at the Worth Four Dot. These include:
  • Four dots - this is the ideal result because it means that there is proper fusion between both eyes
  • Three green dots - this means that the patient is only seeing out of their left eye that has the green filter on it and they are suppressing the right eye
  • Two red dots - this means that the patient is only seeing out of their right eye which has the red filter on it and the left eye is being suppressed
  • Five dots - this means that there is double vision because in reality there are only four dots, however this person is seeing more than what is being displayed

This gives the eye doctor a lot of useful information of which eye is being favored and which eye is being ignored through suppression. It also is a helpful indication in how to move forward with the best treatment plan which will train the brain to use both eyes most effectively.

Possible Outcomes

Common Questions

Suppression occurs when the brain chooses to favor one eye over the other by ignoring the visual signals from one eye while only paying attention to the other. The purpose of this is to prevent double or blurry vision. This is the brain’s way of coping when the eyes are not properly working together, however with vision therapy, the brain can properly be trained to operate with both eyes.
There are various causes, such as Double vision, When there is a big gap in the prescription for optical correction between the two eyes, and Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia
Worth Four Dot
Dr. Garbus, FAAO cartoon

Summary

The worth four dot is a very helpful tool which simply uses a special flashlight and red and green filtered glasses in order to detect if one eye is being favored over the other. This is also used to plan the proper treatment to help both of your eyes work together as effectively as possible.

Related Articles

1 2 3

Testimonials


  • My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


    Joya B.

  • Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


    Dolores K.

  • Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


    Kristy B.

  • I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


    Autumn C.

  • The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


    Howard B.

Testimonials


My eight year old daughter was terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear of her eyes being dilated. The doctor was SO KID friendly! He immediately made her comfortable by engaging her in conversation. It was a geat experience.


Joya B.

Dr. Garbus spent an amazing amount of time to solve my very complicated visual problems. Over the years he has continually achieved results beyond what others felt possible. He is always up to date on the latest science. He is great!


Dolores K.

Family Vision Care Valencia makes it so easy. Staff is knows what they are doing and Dr. Garbus is thorough and kept me well informed during the exam.


Kristy B.

I have been coming to Family Vision Center for almost 20 years. Dr. Garbus has been able to help my vision when other doctors could not. Now my kids see him as well. I highly recommend this office!


Autumn C.

The Doctor is very good. I felt on this visit he seemed rushed. I had questions to ask him but he was already with another patient. I still do not know if my eyes are the same , worse, or better.


Howard B.

All the staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and has been for all the years I have been going there.


Mary Ann H.
1 2 3 13

Blog

medicine-health-care-eyesight-concept-unrecognizable-female-shows-her-inflated-red-eye-with-blood-capillary

How To Use A Warm Compress Correctly For Dry Eye

As a committed eye care professional at , Dr. Babakhan often hears the question, "What is the correct way to apply a warm compress?" In response to this common inquiry, we're going to delve into the subject today and offer valuable guidance on this beneficial home remedy for managing dry eye syndrome. Take Our Online […]

Read More
23fd6b60-ad7d-11eb-abba-8f029dbfa5ce-shutterstock_1255404055

Discover effective treatment options for diabetic retinopathy; consult our eye care professionals to protect your vision and overall well-being

Treating diabetic retinopathy Treating diabetic retinopathy is a critical aspect of preserving vision and maintaining the overall quality of life for patients suffering from diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes that affects the blood vessels in the retina – the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. According to the National […]

Read More
woman-putting-eye-drops-sore-eyes

Eye Drops for Dry Eye: A Santa Clarita Optometrist's Guide

As a caring and passionate optometrists at , our eye doctors, Dr. Babakhan and Dr. Garbus frequently confront a prevalent issue that many patients present during their visits to our centrally located practice in - dry eyes.  Dr. Babakhan often gets asked about the best eye drops that can bring relief to this common, yet […]

Read More
see all blogs

Contact Us To Amplify Your EyeCare

Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita Logo

Working Hours

Monday - Friday
9am - 6pm

 Saturday
9am - 1pm

Sunday
Closed

Location
28089 Smyth Drive Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Fax
(661) 775-9627
Website Accessibility Policy
Safety protocols page
privacy policy
For Patients
appointment
Call Us
Referrals
Assessments
Amplify Eyecare Santa Clarita eyefile-adduserphone-handsetcalendar-fullarrow-uparrow-right linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram