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Treatment Of Convergence Insufficiency
I have tired eyes from mild convergence insufficiency. Are there other options beside expensive in office therapy or shady looking websites?
Exercises or glasses: Convergence excises such as near point focussing performed several times daily can strengthen your convergence , your other choice would be reading glasses with weak prisms to alleviate symptoms they would be prescription and not over the counter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Why should they?: Why can't optometrists and ophthalmologists choose their focus of practice? We are not a communist country, y'know. ...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.
No: 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 * clumsiness 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?
Close bad veins: When superficial veins are insufficient, they are structurally broken. The vein walls are too stiff and don't have enough elastic in them. Vein valves that keep blood from flowing backwards are broken too. Nothing works right in these veins and we don't the technological ability to fix them yet. So we remove them. This can be done with surgery, sclerotherapy, and/or thermal ablation (laser/rf). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See vein specialist: Your best choice is to see a vein specialist and be evaluated. Then you can get a recommendation that is specifically tailored to your needs. You will need a venous ultrasound evaluation to see if you have any underlying vein trouble that isn't visible at the surface. If you do and you have symptoms, treatment should be considered. Otherwise, compression stockings might be considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vein treatment menu: Venous insufficiency in the superficial system consists of endovenous thermal, chemical or mechanical abletion of saphenous veins. Smaller branches are eliminated by injections or surgical removal (phlebectomy). Deep veins are treated by compression. Conservative treatment is compression, elevation, weight loss or pain medication. ...Read more
Trying to conceive?: If not trying to conceive: bone density scan, calcium, vitamin d, and hormone replacement with estrogen and progestin. We look for and treat any adrenal insufficiency. If you're trying to conceive, 5-10% of women with poi will get pregnant on their own after diagnosis, but if you truly have poi we don't have good fertility treatments using your own eggs. Egg donation or embryo donation are best. ...Read more
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