There are a variety of disorders that can cause a child to have troubles in school and ultimately lead them to the Austin Vision Center. One of the most common such visual disorders is convergence insufficiency. Despite the common occurrence of convergence insufficiency, many parents and patients who seek vision care in Austin are unfamiliar with the term.
Convergence insufficiency occurs when the two eyes are unable to work together in unison the way they need to. It is generally most prevalent when trying to read up close. According to the American Optometric Association, nearly one in twenty children are affected by the disorder. While there is a high prevalence of convergence insufficiency among school-aged children, it is found in adults as well.
Aside from having difficulty reading at near distances, convergence insufficiency can also lead to eye strain, double vision, blurry vision, headaches, squinting, irritability, dizziness, nausea, low self esteem, a short attention span, and an inability to concentrate. These are all also common symptoms of ADD and ADHD and sometimes children are diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD when they could be suffering from convergence insufficiency as well.
If you have a child who displays those symptoms, it is important to consult a pediatric eye care specialist to see if convergence insufficiency is having a negative impact on your child. If convergence insufficiency is a problem, vision therapy could go a long way in helping your child correct his or her vision and lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
If you have any further questions about convergence insufficiency ot vision therapy in general and would like to set up an appointment or consultation at Austin Vision Therapy Center, call (512) 331-7288.