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Struggling with Convergence Insufficiency

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Does your child have a tough time with school? He or she may be suffering from a hidden condition that effects learning at school, called Convergence Insufficiency (CI).

CI is a condition that interferes with your ability to see, read, learn and work at close distances. Someone with CI struggles to, or is simply not able to coordinate their eyes at close range, which makes everyday activities, like reading, extremely hard. In order to avoid double vision, people with CI make an effort to make their eyes turn back in (converge). And this additional burden on the system can often cause an astounding amount of frustrating symptoms like headaches from eye strain, blurry or double vision, sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and reduced comprehension even after short periods of reading. With bad instances of CI, the eyes can often turn outwards. This is called strabismus.

Other symptoms that may indicate CI include if your child often loses his/her place when reading, tends to shut one eye to better see, has trouble remembering what was read, or tells you that words on the page appear to move, jump, swim or float. And if your child is tired or overworked, it's not uncommon for their symptoms to intensify.

CI is often misdiagnosed as learning or behavioral issues like ADD, ADHD, dyslexia or anxiety. Additionally, this vision problem often goes undetected when a child gets a simple eye exam using only an eye chart. Your child may have 20/20 eyesight, but still have CI and therefore, struggle with reading.

That said, the good news is that CI tends to respond well to professional treatment. Treatments generally involve supervised vision therapy with practice sessions at home, or the use of devices known as prism glasses, which can reduce some symptoms. Unfortunately, since there is consistent lack of testing for it, a lot of people aren't able to access the treatment they require early in life. So if your child is battling to read and concentrate, call your optometrist and have that loved one examined for CI.

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