How do eyes work together as a team?

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The Teamwork of the Eyes

In order for the eyes to work properly together as a team, both eyes must be focused on the exact same target. This is the ideal situation when these visual signals get sent back to the brain where the image gets processed as a clear picture. Think about the eyes as if each one is a camera that takes a picture and sends it back to the brain to get processed, or as if the brain is where the film gets developed. If both images from each camera are going to get processed together, we need both cameras, or eyes, to be focused on the exact same spot.

Convergence Insufficiency

There is a condition called convergence insufficiency which occurs when both eyes are supposed to come together to focus on a near target but the eyes are not coming together enough. For example, if someone with convergence insufficiency is trying to read a book, they won’t receive the most clear image possible because one eye might be pointing exactly on the target in the book, but the other eye might be pointing more outwards.
Using the camera metaphor, in convergence insufficiency, the cameras are not broken. There still is an image being received from the right camera and another image being received from the left camera. However, when these images go to the brain for processing, they do not perfectly overlap to cause the ideal clear picture and instead there is a misalignment between the images.

Convergence Insufficiency

Common Questions

In convergence insufficiency, there is often a subtle mismatch between the images that the brain is receiving from each eye. This misalignment is profound when trying to read a small font on a page. However in contrast, the mismatch that occurs in convergence insufficiency is not so noticeable when looking at images which is the case of our example, when a child is playing video games. In addition, convergence insufficiency does not have a significant impact when looking at large print which is usually the case for very young children who mostly read using a big font. The complaints of difficulty due to convergence insufficiency is most common when trying to read fine print.
How do eyes work together as a team?
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What Is Convergence Insufficiency?

Convergence insufficiency is a condition when the eyes are not working together properly as a team. It’s when one or both eyes are not properly moving inwards when trying to focus on a near object. This makes it hard to focus or read and can lead to blurry or double vision. It can also cause headaches or eye strain.

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Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

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