Convergence insufficiency may affect 5-12 percent of American children

by Dr. Janet

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According to the American Optometric Association, 60 percent of students identified as “problem learners” may actually have undetected vision problems. One of those problems could be something called convergence insufficiency.

“They said, ‘Oh he does have this convergence insufficiency in his eyes,’ and I thought, ‘Oh that’s a big name for something, what is it?” recalled mother Patty Walcott.

Walcott was surprised to learn that despite having 20/20 vision, her son, Clark, has C.I.

Convergence insufficiency is an eye movement disorder where the eyes don’t turn inward when focusing on a nearby object. For example, when you read or look at something up close you may not realize it, but your eyes should naturally turn inward. People with c-i have have to work harder to do this…

“I was getting a lot of headaches,” said Clark.

Headaches are one symptom, while others include difficulty concentrating, squinting or closing one eye, blurred vision, double vision and difficulty reading. For students, that can translate into a short attention span, fatigue and a tough time maintaining good grades.

Clark’s parents didn’t make a connection right away. They didn’t think his complaints matched what you would think to be an eye condition.

It’s estimated that anywhere from 5-12 percent of U.S. children may have the condition. But there may be many more that go undiagnosed because it can only be found with special eye-focusing tests. C.I. usually isn’t caught with standard eye chart tests.

Eye condition may seem like a learning problem-ABC7 Chicago

Pediatric optometrist with vision therapy training and specialized equipment canĀ  correct this condition.

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