Experiencing Symptoms of Convergence Excess? Visit Our Optometrist for a Functional Eye Exam
According to the American Optometric Association, convergence insufficiency and convergence excess together are estimated to affect up to 20% of the population. Convergence excess is a condition in which the eyes over-converge, or turn inward, when trying to focus on nearby objects. This can cause symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, and double vision. These symptoms are commonly experienced after or during extended periods of close work, such as reading or using a computer. Treatment options for convergence excess may include vision therapy, corrective lenses, andor lifestyle changes. Early detection and treatment are important for maintaining healthy vision and preventing potential complications.
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If you suffer from convergence excess, it is important to visit our optometrist to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here are some of the reasons why:
We have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose convergence excess, which can often be mistaken for other vision problems.
We will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, which may include vision therapy, prism lenses, reading glasses, or other options.
Convergence excess can lead to eye strain, headaches, and difficulty reading or performing other tasks. By treating the condition, we can help prevent these complications from occurring.
Treating convergence excess can improve your vision and reduce symptoms, making it easier to perform daily tasks and improving your overall quality of life.
In some cases, convergence excess can be a symptom of an underlying condition such as multiple sclerosis. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to rule out any other underlying conditions and refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Symptoms of convergence excess can vary from person to person, but some of the most common ones include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your eye doctor to schedule an evaluation. The earlier convergence excess is diagnosed, the easier it is to manage.
There are various causes of convergence excess, including:
Accurately diagnosing convergence excess is essential in developing an effective treatment plan. Here's what to expect during the diagnosis process:
During a comprehensive eye exam, we will perform a range of tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and determine the presence of any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Vision testing will evaluate the clarity of your vision and your ability to focus on objects at varying distances.
Eye alignment testing will determine if your eyes are properly aligned when focusing on objects at varying distances.
Binocular vision testing will evaluate how well your eyes work together as a team and assess the presence of any eye muscle imbalances.
Refraction is a test that determines the precise prescription needed to correct any refractive errors you may have, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Cycloplegic refraction involves using eye drops to temporarily paralyze the muscles that control the lens of the eye. This test can help determine the full extent of any refractive errors and rule out any underlying conditions.
Stereopsis testing evaluates your ability to perceive depth and 3D images.
Cover testing evaluates the alignment of your eyes when focusing on objects at varying distances.
Near point of convergence testing assesses how closely your eyes can focus on a nearby object before they start to turn inward.
By performing a comprehensive eye exam and a range of specialized tests, we can accurately diagnose convergence excess and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms.
Convergence excess can be a challenging condition to manage. Fortunately, there are a range of treatment options available that can help alleviate symptoms and improve visual function. The Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) showed that in-office vision therapy was the most effective treatment. In some cases our optometrist may discuss other treatment options, here are some of the treatment options that we may recommend:
Vision therapy is a customized program of exercises and activities designed to improve the function of the visual system, including eye teaming and focusing skills. Vision therapy may be prescribed to help reduce symptoms of convergence excess.
Prism lenses are designed to alter the way light enters the eyes, which can help alleviate symptoms of convergence excess. Prism lenses can be prescribed for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Reading glasses may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of convergence excess when reading or doing close work.
Pencil pushups are a type of vision therapy exercise that involves focusing on a small object, such as a pencil tip, held at arm's length and then gradually moving the object closer to the face. This exercise can help improve eye teaming and focusing skills, however is not as effective as in-office vision therapy according to the The Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT). Learn more about The Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) here.
Computer glasses may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of convergence excess when using a computer or other digital devices.
Making lifestyle modifications, such as taking breaks when reading or doing close work, can also help reduce symptoms of convergence excess.
In rare cases, surgery may be recommended to correct a muscle imbalance that is contributing to convergence excess. This option is typically reserved for cases in which other treatment options have been unsuccessful.
It is important to note that the most effective treatment plan for convergence excess will vary depending on the individual patient's needs and symptoms. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is designed to alleviate your symptoms and improve your visual function.
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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, or have concerns about your vision, we highly recommend scheduling a comprehensive functional eye exam with our optometrist. This exam will allow us to thoroughly evaluate your vision and eye health, including assessing for convergence excess and other related conditions. You can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.