Sunday, December 17, 2017

EYE TEAMING

Eye Teaming in ChildrenWhile eyes are designed to work as a team, each eye functions independently. Each records its own image. The two images are sent to the brain to combine them into one integrated image. This is part of what creates our sense of depth. This only works properly when both eyes aim at the exact same spot in space. If the eyes aren't aiming together, the images are slightly different and if the brain can't fuse them properly, the result is double vision. It is estimated that approximately 10% of school-aged kids have eye teaming issues. These are referred to as convergence insufficiency and convergence excess. As the ability of both eyes to aim and function as a team breaks down, a child's eyes end up pointing at slightly different places on the page, resulting in visual strain and eventually blurred, scrambled or double print. It is then difficult for a child to concentrate and remain on task. This can lead to misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Other symptoms of eye teaming problems include loss of place (as the print "swims"), headache, fatigue and frustration. In order to combat this, the brain may shut down or suppress one eye by neurologically blocking it's visual input. Sometimes a child may report transient double vision, eyestrain or fatigue.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, eye teaming problems can appear to be a learning disability or Dyslexia, which they are not. However, the symptoms are similar and only a comprehensive evaluation by an eye doctor can determine if a vision problem is the basis of the child's struggle to read.


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