If it seems like your school-age child is becoming easily distracted, has problems focusing on detailed written pages or reports seeing doubles of words, then he or she may have a convergence problem. The two eyes must properly converge in order to read pages of a book with a lot of text or to pay attention to a page with many math problems on it. When the eyes do not converge, a child may have eye strain and frequent headaches. A professional exam with your Indianapolis eye doctor may be able to detect such vision problems so that treatment can begin.
A child with convergence disorders may seem to regress in school, especially with his or her reading level. Your child may also have difficulty with near tasks such as tying his or her shoes, coloring or playing games on an iPad. Your child may frequently rub his or her eyes, report painful headaches or may not be able to focus for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time while doing homework or reading a book.
Testing for Convergence Problems
Convergence disorders are not a routine part of pediatric eye exams or school-based vision exams. If you suspect that your child may have a convergence problem, reporting his or her symptoms to the eye doctor or requesting a special convergence test can help to detect these issues. In convergence testing, your child will be challenged with reading words at increasingly close distances to his or her eyes. For early readers, your child will look at common symbols like lines and circles. If your child sees two of the item, there may be a convergence disorder. A child with 20/20 vision can have a convergence disorder.
How Eye Doctors Treat Convergence Disorders
Vision therapy is the most common type of treatment that eye doctors use for convergence disorders. Your child will work with an Indianapolis optometrist to coordinate the muscles that control eye movements. At-home practice is also needed on a daily basis. Generally, eye surgery or corrective lenses are not necessary to treat a convergence disorder.
Don’t wait for a potential problem to worsen. Have your child undertake an eye exam from an Indianapolis eye specialist such as the ones at 96th Street Eye Care so he can be given the appropriate care.
(What is Convergence Insufficiency (CI)?,ConvergenceInsufficiency.org)
(Care of the Patient with Accommodative and Vergence Dysfunction, AOA.org)
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