Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency triggers when your eyes do not rotate inward correctly while you are centering on a close object.
In this section of the article you will read about the signs and symptoms of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency, complications and tests conducted to diagnose it.

 Symptoms of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency

Signs and Symptoms of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency

There are a lot of signs and symptoms for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency. An individual who has this disorder might show and grumble of the subsequent signs when performing close work (like, computer work, deskwork, reading, doing crafts, playing video games in hand held devices etc.):

  • Eyestrain (particularly with or after close work) is a major symptom of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Blurred vision with headaches and inability to concentrate are other major symptoms of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Double vision and blurred vision is also seen in patients with this disorder.
  • Short attention span is a sign of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Sleepiness throughout the activity.
  • Rubbing, squinting, covering or closing an eye.
  • Words appear to jump, move, float or swim.
  • Trouble recalling what was read.
  • Problems with movement sickness and/or giddiness.

It is not normal for an individual with Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency to close or cover one eye when reading to ease the double vision or blurring. Signs and symptoms will be worsening with the condition, anxiety, prolonged close work and/or lack of sleep.

Many individuals who would check as having Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency may not grumble of double vision and/or the other signs listed above as sight in an eye has blackout. Or else, even if both eyes are wide open and are strong and competent of sight, the individual's brain pays no attention to one eye to prevent double sight. It is a neurologically working process identified as suppression.

Suppression of sight in one eye triggers loss of binocular (or two-eyed) vision pus depth perception. Weak binocular vision may have a negative influence on many sections of life, like judgment of distances, sports, coordination, motion sickness, eye contact, etc. As a result, an individual suffering from Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency who is covering up one eye can indicate some/all of the subsequent symptoms:

  • Difficulty in catching balls or other objects passed through the air is a symptom of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Escaping of tasks that need depth insight (games relating smaller balls roving through the air, hand-eye coordination, and/or handicrafts, etc.) is a clear sign of
  • Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Frequent accidents owing to misjudgment of material distances (mainly surrounded by twenty feet of individuals body), like:
  • Trips and slips on uneven planes, curbs, and stairs, etc…
  • Frequent dropping or banging over of things.
  • Bumping into furniture, doors and other immobile objects.
  • Car parking and/or sports accidents.
  • Evasion of eye contact can be a symptom of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  • Weak posture when performing activities wanting near sight.
  • One shoulder obviously higher than the other
  • Troubles with motion sickness and/or vertigo
  • Frequent head tilt is also a symptom of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.

If ignored, in some situations, Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency can guide to a superficial eye rotate which comes and goes and it is known as intermittent exotropia.

Consulting an Eye Doctor for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency

If you experience symptoms and signs of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency or have problems in reading, refer to an eye care specialist, like an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. An orthoptist may assist with the treatment and evaluation for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.

Complications in Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency

There are Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency complications which are subtle but can be bothersome for the sufferers. Trouble in reading and focusing can badly affect a one's learning. Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency usually is not discovered in usual eye tests or school-centered vision screenings. Children with this situation may be assessed for learning difficulties because of his/ her reading problems.

Untreated Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency frequently can make both recreational and work near vision activities difficult and can affect the quality of life of the individual.

Tests to Diagnose Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency

There are few tests to diagnose Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency but it might not be noticed during a usual eye test. To identify the situation, eye doctor possibly will do the following:

  1. Obtaining a medical checkup history is a test for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency. This might include queries about difficulties you hold with focusing, double vision, blurred or headaches and other symptoms related to Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency.
  2. Checking your eyes' capability to focus is a test conducted for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency. Usually this is performed with regular tests, like requesting you to stare at a tiny object while it is slowly shifted toward you or scan an eye chart via a prism lens.
  3. Carrying out a regular eye test for Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency. If you hold any other sight problems, like shortsightedness, your eye doctor might conduct tests to measure the scale of the problem.

Eye teaming or convergence and focusing or accommodation tests are the vital diagnostic apparatus. A simple eye test or screening with 20/20 eye visual aid is not sufficient for the recognition of Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency (and several other visual situations). An individual can overstep the 20/20 check but still hold Convergence Disorder or Convergence Insufficiency. A complete vision assessment by an eye surgeon who checks binocular (or two-eyed) sight and who might refer or supply for in-workplace vision therapy is suggested for all persons who do deskwork and reading- specifically students of whichever age.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: June 16, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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