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Convergence Insufficiency

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Does your child show a real interest in so many activities, but have a tough time when it comes to school? It's important to be aware that the child might be suffering from a hidden vision issue, which creates an obstacle in the way of learning, called Convergence Insufficiency (CI).

To explain, CI is a near vision problem that affects your capability to see, read, learn and work at close distances. A person with CI struggles to, or is entirely unable to coordinate his or her eyes at close range, which impairs tasks like reading. And to prevent subsequent double vision, CI sufferers make an effort to make their eyes converge, or turn back in. And this added strain will often give way to a number of frustrating symptoms like headaches from eye strain, blurry or double vision, sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and reduced comprehension after relatively small periods of reading. Further symptoms include challenges with working on a computer, desk work, playing handheld video games or doing crafts.

You may have also noticed that your child easily loses the place in a book, tends to shut one eye to better see, has trouble remembering what was read, or tells you that words on the page seem to be moving.

CI is usually diagnosed incorrectly as ADD or ADHD, dyslexia, or an anxiety disorder. This condition often goes undetected during school eye screenings or regular eye exams using only an eye chart. Your child may have 20/20 eyesight, but also have CI and therefore, struggle with reading.

But there's good news too! It's been shown that CI can be expected to respond well to professional treatment. These treatments are usually comprised of supervised vision therapy with reinforcing practice sessions at home, or the use of prism glasses, which can decrease a number of symptoms. Unfortunately, with the persistent lack of testing for CI, lots of sufferers are not getting the help they require early in life. So if you've observed that your child shows signs of struggling with any of the issues mentioned above, see us to discuss having your child tested for CI.

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