Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a common childhood eye-teaming problem in which the eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing work close up. Double vision often occurs if an eye drifts out. To avoid seeing double, a child with CI must use extra effort to make the eyes turn back in. This extra effort can lead to annoying symptoms, such as eye strain, blurred or double vision, loss of concentration, and frequent loss of place when reading and working up close.

Girl Reading Children with CI have more symptoms and show worse attention when reading than children without CI. Research has shown that treatment using office-based accommodative-vergence vision therapy improves symptoms in children affected with CI.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) occurs at a small part of the back of the eye (retina) called the macula. The macula is responsible for sharp central vision. Symptoms of macular degeneration include blurry central vision, distorted vision such as straight lines appearing wavy, or a blank spot in your vision. Approximately 1.8 million people have AMD (according to the Centers of Disease Control). Researchers have found that certain vitamins and minerals can slow the progression of macular degeneration. It is important to receive an annual dilated exam, particularly after age 65. For more information: click here
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, the part of the eye that takes all the information to the brain. It is estimated that 2 million Americans are being treated for glaucoma and millions more don’t know they have it. Primary Open Angle Glaucoma is the most common form and is called the “sneak thief” because it comes on slowly without pain. It can gradually destroy your vision without your knowledge. Glaucoma is usually treated by regularly taking eye drops but these drops are not able to restore lost vision. Dilated eye exams can detect glaucoma early, before severe vision loss has taken place. For this reason, regular dilated exams are important to preserve vision. For more information: click here
Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the lack of development of vision in one or both eyes. It is caused by strabismus (crossed-eyes), a large amount of refractive error (farsightedness, or nearsightedness) or from an obstruction of vision by cataracts. Amblyopia occurs before the age of eight. The consequences of amblyopia include limited depth perception and challenges with certain occupations and activities. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve a child’s vision. This is why a dilated eye exam is recommend for infants between 6 and 12 months, at 3 years, 5 years and every year while in school. For more information: click here
Diabetes can cause temporary changes in prescription due to excess sugar in the lens and a quickly progressing form of cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy is due to the leakage of the blood vessels in the eye. The blood vessels can leak blood causing small spots of blood to appear in the retina or by leaking protein. This protein leakage can cause swelling and loss of vision. In addition the eye may grow new weak blood vessels which are prone to break open. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. Since the changes often occur well before symptoms it is important diabetics receive a dilated eye exam every year. For more information: click here
Cataracts occur when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. As we age the lens becomes yellow which eventually will lead to difficulties seeing and problems with glare, especially with night driving. Other forms of cataracts can cause double vision or blurry central vision. Cataracts are surgically removed when glasses no longer provide functioning vision and your everyday daily activities are impaired. A complete eye exam can diagnose cataracts and as always we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. For more information: click here
Dry eye is a common and usually chronic condition that requires on going treatment. It is caused by poor quality tears or inadequate production of tears. Symptoms include gritty, burning eyes, a feeling of something foreign in the eyes, watery eyes, or even blurry vision. Common treatments include warm compresses, lid massage/wash, and artificial tears but can also include prescription drops or medication, and nutritional supplementation. There is no reason to suffer with uncomfortable or blurry vision when it can be diagnosed and treated here at Advanced Family Eye Care. Form more information: click here
“Pink eye” is a term used to describe various infections and inflammations of the conjunctiva which is the clear tissue covering the white part of the eye (sclera). Some of the symptoms include itching, burning, excessive tearing, and discharge. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, virus, or allergies to various irritants. Treatment is usually a prescription drop and though usually minor sometimes when left untreated severe conditions can result. Please call us if you feel you have “pink eye” as we have the proper equipment and expertise to diagnose and treat your condition. For more information: click here