J.Y. asks from Woodridge, IL on August 12, 2008
Vision Therapy Software
My 7 year old has convergence insufficiency; her eye muscles are not working together and the optometrist recommended vision therapy software. We are going to an opthamalogist this week, but I was wondering if anyone has used the software?
So What Happened?™
We went to Larson Eye Clinic (Dr Guay-Bhatia) and she says that Sarah's convergence is very minor and to come back in 12-18 months! Thanks to everyone who responded. We are so blessed to have both of our girls, who are healthy! BTW, Dr. Guay said that all children are far-sighted normally and as they grow taller, their eyes grow and the far-sightedness goes away.
L.S. answers from Chicago on August 13, 2008
Wait till you see the ophthamalogist, he is a better trained doctor. They are eye surgeons and trained to find eye diseases, unlike optometrists. My mother went to an optometrist every year of her life and she ended up going blind and the optometrist never knew it was happening. My daughter also had an eye virus that was very serious and my pediatrician was treating it like pink eye....could have been bad if I hadn't taken her to the ophthamologist. Your eyes are so important why not go to the best doctors available?
E.C. answers from Chicago on August 13, 2008
Hi Judy. I'm a teacher of the blind and visually impaired, so this is right up my alley. With convergence insufficiency certain eye muscles don't work together as they should--as a result it is difficult to focus on an object. Vision therapy can help give those muscles a workout (certain lenses can also help). However,you don't necessarily need to buy special software--I'm sure the optometrist and ophthalmologist can recommend exercises for your little one to do. Then again, depending on the degree to which the convergence insufficiency is affecting your little one's vision, software may be the best way to go. I will say that it is important to find a great ophthalmologist, one who works with children. Same for the optometrist. It will be important for the ophthalmologist to find the cause of the convergence insufficiency, make sure nothing else is going on. Normally I'd say to follow the advice and recommendations of the ophthalmologist over anyone else, but in this case the optometrist will probably be just as knowledgeable about treatment for this condition. I personally haven't used vision therapy software with my students. Hope this helps!!
T.K. answers from Chicago on August 13, 2008
My daughter is 8 and had the same problem. Her doctor was out of wheaton eye clinic. She had lenses worksheets and daily exercise. After 6 months the eyes were working together. No software was recommened just several exercises with items given from the doctor. Good luck!
V.O. answers from Chicago on August 13, 2008
I purchased a reading program for the whole family and it has eye-brain exercises. It is called eyeQ. It is still new to us but it seems like a great program that not only improves your reading but exercises your eyes as well and makes them stronger. They claim that if you have glasses that it can improve your vision. There web site is www.eyeqadvantage.com
C.T. answers from Chicago on August 13, 2008
I never used software. My eye doc suggested taking a pencil and holding it about a foot away centered with her nose and slowly move it toward the face, then away.