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We are getting ready to reopen the offices for regular patient care on May 15th in Dana Point and May 16th in Irvine. In order to avoid crowding and to stay on top of additional disinfection procedures, appointment slots will be limited. What you can expect:

  1. Face coverings required, non-touch temperature reading, hand washing upon arrival.
  2. Disinfection of touch surfaces in addition to our usual sanitation procedures as well as barrier films on certain high-touch areas.
  3. Digital frame measurement technologies for all spectacle orders to replace face-to-face measurements.
  4. On-site, but non-facing payment options.
  5. Elimination of paper and electronic forms in the office.

We understand delays in care are inconvenient and can lead to poorer health outcomes. With reduced appointment volumes and a 2-month backlog, we will do our best to see all of you while maintaining strict safety precautions. Your cooperation in completing medical questionnaires at home, prior to your visit, is greatly appreciated. We’re all excited to see you soon.

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Convergence Insufficiency

Vision Therapy for Convergence Insufficiency

Research shows that Convergence Insufficiency (CI) can affect up to 15% of all school-age children — that’s approximately 1 in 6 children!

CI refers to a decreased ability to bring the eyes inwards and comfortably maintain this focus over long periods of time. The inwards positioning of the eyes is required to read books, do homework, and look at a computer screen. As you can imagine, having CI could significantly impact a student’s learning ability, attention levels and overall school performance.

Convergence Insufficiency can also result in blurred or double vision and a halo effect around words or objects.

This condition not only harms children’s grades but also negatively impacts their emotional wellbeing, as frequent and repeated failures can cause their self-esteem and confidence levels to plummet.

CI cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or surgery. However, vision therapy has been proven to improve eye’s coordination abilities and alleviate discomfort when reading, doing homework or any other activities involving near focus.

If you suspect that you or your child may have convergence insufficiency, contact Dr. Steven Wang at the Advanced Eyecare Vision Therapy Center today. We can help.

Could My Child Have Convergence Insufficiency?

As you may derive from the list below, a child’s academic performance could be significantly impacted if they experience any of the following symptoms.

reading book (1)Students with convergence insufficiency may experience any (or several) of the following symptoms:

  • Reading below grade level
  • Not achieving to potential at school
  • Dislikes doing homework
  • Attention issues
  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Tired when reading
  • Difficulties with concentrating
  • Often losing your place when reading
  • Words appear to move, jump, or float on the page
  • Motion sickness or vertigo

How Can Vision Therapy Help?

It’s important to understand that the eye muscles are actually healthy in those with CI. The issue is the brain’s ability to control and coordinate the way both eyes work together. When the brain and eye interaction functions effectively, it enables us to read words on the board, in a book, catch a ball, and maintain focus throughout the day.

Vision therapy for CI trains the brain to better control and coordinate both eyes in order to increase the child’s ability to maintain clear and comfortable focus. As the brain- eye teamwork improves, the symptoms listed above are slowly alleviated. Vision therapists can also work on convergence insufficiency treatment methods to potentially recover depth perception and 3D stereo vision.

A functional eye exam will determine whether you or your child have convergence insufficiency, and if so, Dr. Steven Wang will provide vision therapy treatment to correct it.

Is Vision Therapy Effective in Adults and Children Alike?

boys using laptop (1)Vision therapy treatment is most effective in childhood since the rapidly-developing brain is easily trained to make permanent changes. That said, convergence insufficiency treatment for adults is still useful but may take a bit longer to experience results, thus requiring a little more patience.

The Vision Therapy Process

A developmental optometrist and vision therapist will tailor a vision therapy plan according to the severity of the convergence problem. The eye doctor and therapist will then guide you and monitor your progress to determine what changes or adaptations need to be made throughout your customized program.

Convergence insufficiency treatment exercises may use specialized equipment and tools such as prisms, lenses, and computerized technology, to stimulate the brain to better control the two eyes simultaneously.

Results depend on your active participation and compliance with the program, whether in-office or at home. Overtime, the more you train your brain, the easier and more automated the exercises will become. Gains can be experienced from as little as a few weeks to six months.

We encourage you to schedule a meeting with Advanced Eyecare Vision Therapy Center at the first sign of convergence insufficiency in your child. Dr. Steven Wang at Advanced Eyecare Vision Therapy Center will be happy to help your child achieve the best opportunity to improve their reading and learning and improve their overall school performance.

We serve patients from Irvine, Dana Point, Lake Forest, and Newport Beach, all throughout California .

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