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No More Moving Words

75% of head trauma survivors need rehabilitation, 90% need vision care. 

Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a binocular vision disorder that is incredibly common after an acquired brain injury. In this situation, both eyes do not work together to produce one clear, steady image - something that we take for granted when our eyes do work properly. Convergence Insufficiency is defined as having a problem with the simultaneous turning inward of both eyes that occurs when viewing an approaching object or near target, such as print in a book or on a screen. 

Appropriate convergence of the eyes is necessary for sustained visual concentration tasks like reading, which requires us to focus our eyes on close objects, whether that is with books, papers, tablets, or computer screens. Convergence eye teaming skills are learned and developed during our early years, but can become less efficient depending on the visual stresses or demands of our lives, and often need to be relearned after a concussion. When the two eyes cannot converge to the same exact place, there are conflicting messages sent to the brain, interfering with functioning. This causes words to move on the page or screen and often even split into double vision. 

Strabismus or “crossed eye” is a condition that emerges from unstable two eye coordination where one or both eyes turns either up, down, inward, or outward and you are unable to align both eyes simultaneously as they do not work together as a team. Some doctors will even recommend surgery to either shorten or lengthen the eye muscles as a cosmetic cure. In many instances, however, the problem still exists because strabismus is a result of a functional problem where the brain has not developed the ability to control the eyes working together, or as a result of a head injury disrupting the current state of two eye coordination. Especially as a newly developed problem after a concussion or acquired brain injury, this is more often than not a functional vision problem and eye teaming very often can be relearned. In many cases, vision therapy offers a functional cure by rewiring the software of the brain to allow the eyes to work as a team.

In working with us, you can learn how to retrain the brain to return to previous level of function, return to learn, and return to life!