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Washington Vision Therapy Center

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303 S 72nd Ave
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: 509-654-9256
Fax: 509-834-7400

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Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
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Friday8:00am5:00pm
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Your Kennewick Optometrist Answers Convergence Insufficiency FAQs

Convergence Insufficiency

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Convergence insufficiency is a common vision disorder involving the inability of both eyes to focus up close simultaneously and often causes blurry or double vision due to tendency of the eyes to drift outward. When the brain receives these distorted images via the optic nerve, it then directs the eye muscles to converge (turn inward) the eyes to improve image clarity. Unfortunately, this works against what the eyes want to do (turn outward), which can cause a variety of symptoms that reduce quality of life. Your Yakima doctor of optometry offers a clinical diagnosis of convergence insufficiency by testing your vision, eye motions, and general eye health. Vision therapy is also available if you or your children are diagnosed with convergence insufficiency.

What are Symptoms of Convergence Insufficiency?

Eyestrain, blurry vision, double vision, headaches, problems concentrating and difficulty reading and understanding printed text are classic signs of convergence insufficiency. For those with CI, doing up close work presents the most obstacles because the eyes find it harder to focus on things held at arm's length or less. Children with undiagnosed convergence insufficiency may seem to have short attention spans, squint and rub their eyes frequently, cover one eye with their hand to see better and complain of nausea or dizziness. In some cases, children with CI may be misdiagnosed with ADD or other behavioral disorder and given inappropriate treatment. Other signs of possible convergence insufficiency in children include avoiding physical activity requiring depth perception (playing ball, riding bikes), tripping on uneven surfaces, refusing to make eye contact and tilting the head for no apparent reason.

How is Convergence Insufficiency Treated?

Vision therapy at our Kennewick optometry center consists of active and passive treatment. Active treatment involves supervised vision therapy sessions reinforced by home-based vision exercises performed five days a week. Passive treatment includes wearing prismatic eyeglasses to reduce the severity of symptoms, especially eyestrain and headache. However, the best method for correcting CI is vision therapy designed to improve the ability of the brain to control eye alignment, eye focusing, eye tracking/teaming and visual processing. In addition, visual endurance and motor skills are further developed using the specialized optic and computer devices we have at our centers, such as filters, prisms, and therapeutic lenses. Reinforcement of achieved visual skills is then automated through repetitiveness and integrating existing skills with cognitive and motor capabilities.

Contact Washington Vision Therapy Center to be Seen for Convergence Insufficiency Today!

Call us today at 509-654-9256 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of optometry. Our vision therapy center serves residents of Yakima, Kennewick and surrounding areas.

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You changed James' life and we will forever be grateful! His last appointment was great and better than before if possible. Sorry we won't see you again but we are so excited James is completely finished! Thank you just doesn't seem sufficient but is all we have to say! Thank YOU!!

James B.

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Meet The Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Winters is board-certified in vision development and vision therapy.  In 2010, he started a vision therapy center in Yakima, Washington.  His advocacy for children that struggle with life-altering developmental vision problems has included over 100 lectures in colleges, professional groups, parent groups, and schools. He is one of the founders of Building Vision, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for individuals struggling with these vision problems and which has given free screenings to almost 1000 children in the Yakima area.  He established the Harvest in the Heart of the Northwest Conference which is an educational seminar held biennially in Yakima, providing continuing education specific to developmental optometry. He is the clinical director of Washington Vision Therapy Center and is currently serving as the president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society.  

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