Environmental stress on the visual system from doing constant near work such as reading, texting, and computer use can result in headaches, motion sickness, headaches, eyestrain, and more. Due to these day to day activities that require close work and focus, convergence insufficiency can arise and cause stress on your child’s eye muscles.
These issues can be treated with typical vision therapies like passive treatment, active treatment, and very rarely surgery. If you are not familiar, active treatment has been proven by the National Eye Institute to be the best treatment for convergence insufficiency. It consists of supervised vision therapy in a clinical office with home reinforcement (15 minutes of prescribed vision exercises done in the home five days per week). According to studies done, 75% of children achieved either full correction of their vision or saw marked improvements within 12 weeks. Passive treatment would include prescribing prismatic (prism) eyeglasses to decrease 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. According to optometric and ophthalmological textbooks as well as scientific research, it is agreed the primary treatment of convergence insufficiency should be vision therapy.
Here at Center for Vision Development, we will develop a personalized treatment plan as well as helpful techniques to help your child reduce his or her stress-related vision problems. Give us a call at (615)-791-5766 to schedule a consultation!