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Published on Oct 29, 2009
Many bright children struggle with reading and learning due to a common, yet correctable binocular vision disorder called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). This inability to keep the eyes pointed at the same spot on the page makes reading a laborous, difficult, frustrating task. Symptoms include; eyestrain, fatique, headaches, blurring/doubling of print, skipping/re-reading words and lines of print, losing place on the page, difficulty copying from the board, excessive blinking, covering one eye, poor reading comprehension, reading below grade level, avoidance of reading, and short attention span for reading and homework. Due to the similarity of symptoms, CI is often misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, or an anxiety problem. A child can have 20/20 eyesight, yet lack the visual skills critical for reading. Recent reasearch by NIH and the Mayo Clinic confirmed that in-office vision therapy, combined with at-home activities, is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency. Dr. Kotlicky has Vision Therapy Centers in Columbia and Baltimore, MD.