Do you or your child...
Get eyestrain while reading?
Skip lines or easily lose their place when reading?
Feel tired after reading for 10-15 minutes?
Is your child not doing as well in school as you know they could be doing?
If so, you or your child could have a binocular vision deficiency.
Near vision tasks, especially computer use, require long periods of maintaining constant focus and aiming the eyes without rest from tracking the words across the page.
Convergence Insufficiency is when the eye teaming system is not properly coordinated. Troubles with aiming the eyes for an extended period of time can make words on a page become blurry, double or move on the page. Another common sign is feeling tired after reading for a short period of time. Typically if this system is deficient, reading rates decrease and comprehension suffers.
Accommodative Insufficiency is when the focusing system of the eye is not properly coordinated. Troubles with eye focusing will make words blurry sometimes and clear sometimes. It will cause headaches after reading for a short period of time and is commonly seen with convergence problems. Reading on a page require the words to be in constant focus, when letters go in and out of focus reading rates also decline and comprehension will be difficult.
Tracking Deficiencies can also be the root of poor school performance. This skill is critical for learning and reading. If a child has trouble tracking then reading suffers because words become isolated and meaning becomes confused. Math can also be a challenge when tracking skills are deficient, whether it’s lining up numbers or copying problems from the board, accurate and efficient tracking skills are essential. Trouble with tracking skills may include frequent loss of place, skipping words, omitting entire lines or using a finger to follow print.
You or your child can have 20/20 distance vision and still have these issues.
If left untreated we find:
Difficulty with and loss of interest in reading.
Fatigue or poor performance at school.
Frustration with school work that may prevent them from achieving their full potential.
Treatment of these binocular vision deficiencies include eye teaming, eye focusing, and eye tracking exercises. Our office provides such services to help improve and maintain comfortable binocular vision. The cost ranges from $250-450 for this computer based therapy depending upon which therapy is chosen and includes visits to measure progress.
There are vision therapy clinics that charge thousands of dollars for your child to come to their office for multiple visits with therapy led by a technician. Rather than spending thousands of dollars for vision therapy, we have a system using computer based programs for vision therapy. By providing you the tools to use to treat these conditions, you can supervise your child’s progress at home and not spend unnecessary time driving to attend frequent “therapy” sessions. We will monitor your child with occasional office visits so that we can advise changes if needed and keep track of your child’s progress.
If you think that your child is a candidate for Vision Therapy, please call our office and set up an evaluation with Dr. Elias, our optometrist.