Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence Insufficiency

Did you know that children with AD(H)D are 3 times more likely to have Convergence Insufficiency?

Convergence Insufficiency is one of the most common eye disorders affecting reading and learning. It is not a problem with the muscles of the eyes or the nerves, but rather in how the brain controls the eye position (software problem instead of hardware problem). The good news is that vision therapy is proven to be the most effective treatment (CITT study).

Here are a few signs and symptoms common to Convergence Insufficiency:
  • eyestrain (especially with or after reading)
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • inability to concentrate
  • short attention span
  • frequent loss of place
  • squinting, rubbing, closing or covering an eye
  • sleepiness during the activity
  • trouble remembering what was read
  • words appear to move, jump, swim or float
  • problems with motion sickness and/or vertigo

For many patients the main symptom is an avoidance of near-work activities. As with other visual issues, it is not a condition that is always ‘felt’ in the eyes. Frequently, if a child is having difficulty completing work up close and/or has trouble staying on these tasks due to discomfort, there is a mis-diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. In fact, one study found that children who had been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were three times more likely to have convergence insufficiency (Granet DB, Gomi CF, Ventura R, Miller-Scholte A. The relationship between convergence insufficiency and ADHD. Strabismus. 2005;13:163–8. [PubMed]. )

Treatment

Smile The 2008 Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial [Link to CITT study] demonstrated
that Vision Therapy provided the largest success rate and best resolution of symptoms.
The trial demonstrated that home therapy or the classic ‘pencil pushups’ were not an
adequate treatment. Some doctors will still prescribe the classic ‘pencil pushups’
because unfortunately the latest research has not reached everyone. In fact the CITT
study proved that pencil pushups were as effective as the placebo.

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