Convergence Insufficiency (CI)
Does your child avoid reading or doing their homework? Do they have a short attention span when doing those activities? If your answer is yes to both questions, your child might be experiencing a condition known as Convergence Insufficiency.
By definition, convergence insufficiency indicates that there is a problem with the eye teaming. What this means is that the person will find it difficult or are unable to align their eyes together to converge their eyes or sustain the convergence. Convergence is a skill that is developed and learned. It is needed to perform near oriented visual tasks. Having perfect 20/20 vision is not enough to be able to sustain near tasks without convergence Without it, great discomfort or double vision may be experienced.
Some symptoms that the children might complain about include eye strain, double or blurry vision and difficulty with reading and concentrating on the text. Although it is less common, fatigue and dizziness can also indicate the presence of convergence insufficiency.
Fortunately, there are treatment options available to help improve the convergence insufficiency. Although research has shown that office-based vision therapy is the most effective treatment in helping to reduce the symptoms of convergence insufficiency, the treatment provided varies for different cases depending on the severity of the problem and if there is a presence of other functional visual problems as well. Another treatment option that can be considered is glasses. It is important to note that the type of glasses used in this type of treatment is different from the usual prescription glasses that are used to treat reduced visual acuity. The purpose of glasses in helping convergence insufficiency is to improve the patient’s performance when performing the near tasks and not the clarity of vision.
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August 12, 2023