Thursday, June 7, 2012

Accommodative insufficiency is a common children's eye disorder that causes reading and other problems and is treated with vision therapy

Accommodative insufficiency can make reading look like this.

Accommodative insufficiency is one of the most common eye muscle disorders diagnosed by pediatric optometrists.  Accommodative insufficiency makes a child function like a middle age person who needs reading glasses.  It means that their eye muscles do not constrict enough for them to focus up close.  The condition can be treated in children but the only answer for adults is to wear reading glasses.

Accommodative insufficiency usually causes problems related to reading and other close work
activities.  Symptoms include blurred vision at near, intermittent blurred vision when looking up from near work, headaches,watering or burning of the eyes, tired eyes, loss of concentration, and avoidance of near activities.

Research has shown that Vision Therapy is an effective treatment for accommodative insufficiency. After vision therapy, the difference in a child's life can be dramatic when school activities that were once difficult, anxiety provoking and self-esteem destroying suddenly become easy, a source of confidence and an affirmation of the child's ability.  It is an inspiration for our doctors and vision therapists to see these results in our patients and its what makes paediatric optometry such a rewarding profession.

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