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Eye Exercises For Convergence Insufficiency
I have tired eyes from mild convergence insufficiency. Are there other options beside expensive in office therapy or shady looking websites?
Why should they?: Why can't optometrists and ophthalmologists choose their focus of practice? We are not a communist country, y'know. ...Read more
Doctor says that my nine year old has convergence insufficiency and should go for vision therapy instead of Prism in her glasses. Agree?
Get another opinion.: I will make a guess that the doctor who said that is an optometrist and not an ophthalmologist. Many well designed research studies have proven that vision therapy is not effective (and it's usually expensive). Please take your child to an ophthalmologist -- if there is an eye muscle imbalance, they can explain what treatments WILL be effective. ...Read more
Can convergence insufficiency be the cause of my daughter's nystagmus? it only presents when looking near and all her tests have came back normal.
Convergence insufficiency is a common cause of visual complaints such as the following list on a standard screening questionnaire.
* one eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other (this can be subtle). This is significant even if it only occurs when tired or stressed.
* turns or tilts head to see
* head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
* squinting or closing or covering of one eye
* excessive blinking or squinting
* short attention span
* daydreaming at school/work
* poor handwriting
* poor visual/motor skills (often called "hand-eye coordination")
* problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things
While reading or doing close work:
* holds the book or object unusually close
* closes one eye or covers eye with hand
* twists or tilts head toward book or object so as to favor one eye
* frequently loses place and fatigues easily
* uses finger to read
* rubs eyes during or after short periods of reading
* reversals when reading (i.e., "was" for "saw", "on" for "no", etc.)
* reversals when writing (b for d, p for q, etc.)
* omitting small words
* confusing small words
* transposition of letters and numbers (12 for 21, etc.)
* loss of place when reading, line to line and word to word.
* child's ability to learn verbally surpasses his ability to learn visually.
Frequent complains of:
* only being able to read for short periods of time
* headaches or eyestrain
* nausea or dizziness
* motion sickness
* DOUBLE VISION!
It is not a cause of nystagmus. If your daughter has true nystagmus she should have an examination by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. One can have both conditions but the CI does not cause nystagmus. ...Read more
I am a 20 year old college student who might have convergence insufficiency (ci). Can this be considered a learning disability?
Probably not: It is not likely to be considered a learning disability. I would consult an ophthalmologist to get assistance with this. ...Read more
No: The heart of this question is whether eye exercises or dietary modification and/or supplements can affect the need for eyeglasses. The answer is that these have been proven to have no effect. What you have, is what you have and you will need eyeglasses, contacts or lasik surgery to correct them. ...Read more
Eye doc first: Then look into the Bates Method for helping eyes. Greg Marsh has a website called www.bettereyesightnow.com but see doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Helps even more with: exophoria to train the eyes to see or pull together to see straight when you have intermittent exophoria. Need to find degree of esophoria you have before entertaining eye exercises. Check with your eye specialist. ...Read more
Does not work: Unfortunately eye exercises will not reduce dark circles. The most commonly performed treatments include in-office dermal filler treatments to plump up hollows under the eye or lower blepharoplasty to remove lower eyelid "bags.". ...Read more
Not really: There are a number of (frequently expensive) programs which promise correction of vision by various forms of eye exercise and manipulation. These do not work but will be quite successful at ridding you of your cash. LASIK surgery is so successful that you really should discuss that if you want to get rid of your lack of focus. ...Read more
No: No eye exercises available to help keratoconus. ...Read more
Sometimes: The main cause of tired feeling eyes or eyestrain may well be from staring at computers and screens for hours on end. This in turn leads to surface of the eye drying out, so a series of strong power blinks where you squeeze the eyes shut for 5 seconds, then open them, and repeat this about 10 times, should re-lubricate the surface and relieve tired eyes. ...Read more
No: Near-sightedness cannot be corrected by any type of eye exercise. However, there are suggestions that near-sightedness is made worse with prolonged accommodation (using your eyes muscles to focus at close distances) in children. Wearing bifocals may slow its progression. At your age, the near-sightedness should be stable and cannot be influenced by anything you do. ...Read more
Yes: Most important is to periodically (every 10-20 minutes) look away from the close computer screen and look off into the distance (across the room, out the window, etc.) for 5-10 seconds before resuming the computer work. Be sure to see you doctor if your symptoms do not improve. ...Read more
Exercise: love thyself do it for yourself and not because you are trying to impress anybody. If you were recommended by your Opthalmologist then just do it it will make you feel proud ...Read more
Can you tell me if a lot to do with my frequent use of a computer. Are there any eye exercises i can do to strengthen my sight?
Refraction lubricate: First make sure that you have the proper refraction. At age 45, patients may start to develop presbyopia, the need for glasses to focus close-up. When you use your computer your blink rate will be reduced. This will contribute to dry eye. If your eyes feel scratchy after using your computer for a while i would suggest a lubricating drop prior to and during computer use. No exercise to stengthen. ...Read more
Are there any proven eye exercises I can do to improve my vision? (or prevent it from getting worse). What else can I do to improve vision?
Get regular exams: Eye exercises have not proven to improve vision if the issue is the need for glasses. There are some exercises which can train your eye hand coordination which have some degree of success with athletes but these are not useful in ordinary visual activities. The best protection is regular eye examinations and the use of protective gear when engaged in any visually threatening activity. ...Read more