Convergence-Insufficiency.com was started by a young man whom was diagnosed late with Convergence Insufficiency at age 23. He had suffered for many years without knowing such cause. He has learned to accept his problem at a young age without his parents or family knowing about his condition. For many years he has tried many different eye exercises. Although not all eye exercises are effective such as the “pencil push up,” trial and error has helped him find the right eye exercises that worked best. Finally at age 28, he has seen a vision therapist that can help him and during his visits, he has acquired knowledge about his condition and he hope by creating this website, he can spread the awareness of Convergence Insufficiency.
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What is convergence insufficiency?
Convergence insufficiency is the inability of the eyes to converge. This can make near task difficult. An example is reading. Reading can be a challenge for a person diagnosed with CI. A person will experience double vision, words floating, sentences overlapping, blurry letters, frequently skipping sentences, loss of words, forget what he or she read, reading limited to minutes at a time, and poor concentration.
Writing can also be a challenge. A person with CI normally has sloppy handwriting, writing words between lines, poor spelling, and writing letter above another letter.
Convergence insufficiency does not only affect reading and writing but also everyday activities. A person with CI will experience poor coordination. Some of these includes: knocking over objects, inability to catch a flying ball, poor judgment grabbing an object, and bumping into objects.
Convergence insufficiency also affects a person physical appearance as well. This includes poor posture, unable to walk straight and one shoulder is noticeable higher than the other. It can also affect a person well being. An example is frequent headaches, eye strain, nausea, watery eyes, and eye pain.
Convergence Insufficiency Test
Instruction: Hold the paper about an arms length away. Slowly bring the paper about six inches away from the face. Stare at the vertical bar. A person with convergence insufficiency will see a double bar, whereas a person with normal vision sees a single bar. A person with convergence insufficiency is unable to converge their eyes to keep the bar single.
How to print the test
Right click image and save image/picture as.
How computer glasses can help
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) accounts for about 50% of eye strain, vision tiredness, and dry eyes. It may well be that you may fall into this categories. Having convergence insufficiency along with CVS can may your vision worse. To help decrease the the symptoms experience from computer, simply purchase a computer glasses. Computer glasses tinted in amber has the best protection, followed by green and blue tint. The amber tint can provide protection up to 12 hours and green and blue tint provides 4-8 hours of protection.
If you do have prescription glasses, ask your optometrist to simply have them tinted or any online services that provides them. Anti-glare and 100% UV protection is another option that may help decrease CVS.