Stress on your eyes from doing constant close-up work such as reading, texting, and computer use can result in headaches, motion sickness, eyestrain, and more. Due to these day-to-day activities that require close eye work and focus, a condition called convergence insufficiency can develop and cause stress on your child’s eye muscles.
Convergence insufficiency issues can be treated with standard vision therapies such as passive treatment, active treatment, and in rare cases, surgery. Active treatment has been proven by the National Eye Institute to be the best treatment for convergence insufficiency. The treatment consists of supervised vision therapy in a clinical office with at-home reinforcement (15 minutes of prescribed vision exercises done in the home five days per week).
Passive treatment includes prescribing prismatic (prism) eyeglasses to decrease the occurrence of some of the symptoms. Although prism eyeglasses can relieve symptoms, they are not a “cure,” and the patient typically remains dependent on the prism lenses. It is generally agreed that the primary treatment of convergence insufficiency should be vision therapy, for long lasting results and reduced dependency on glasses.
Here at the Center for Vision Development, we will develop a personalized treatment plan as well as helpful techniques to help reduce stress-related vision problems. Give us a call at (615)-791-5766 to schedule a consultation!