My son’s teacher thinks he has “convergence insufficiency” at 7 years of age. What is this, and what can be done about it?

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When reading or engaging in other close-up tasks, our eyes need to be converged (pointed inwards) slightly. Convergence insufficiency (CI) refers to the eyes’ inability to do this easily and comfortably. Headaches, eyestrain, blurred vision, fatigue and reading problems may result.

Convergence insufficiency is a common learning-related vision problem that’s typically treated well with vision therapy and/or reading glasses.

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