What is Convergence Insufficiency?
If you think about it, our eyes are independent. Each eye is used like a camera that collects visual images, and it is the brain’s job to manipulate those separate images to become one cohesive picture. When we focus on objects up close, our eyes are forced to move inward, allowing our brain to create images. This is called “convergence.” However, when your eyes are unable to correctly align, the brain is unable to merge these photos. This results in what is called convergence insufficiency.
Can Computer Use and Near Work Cause CI?
If you are diagnosed with CI, you have probably dealt with its gruesome symptoms while doing daily activities like reading emails, completing homework, or browsing through social media. Sore/tired eyes, blurry vision, or doubled vision are the most common symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome (a.k.a digital vision disorder). Since the COVID-19 pandemic, humans have transitioned to a mostly virtual-based world. With school systems, businesses, and even stores going strictly online, the use of computers and screentime has increased astronomically!
Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common vision condition in which your eyes are unable to work together while looking at nearby objects. Oftentimes, people suffering from CI are unable to complete their school/work tasks due to the excessive up-close reading. But don’t fret- you’re in luck. There are different exercises and treatment plans to reduce eye fatigue and improve your eye-teaming ability.