CI: Double Vision

by Chris
Contributing Writer
Blog: Junkdrawer67

My daughter was recently diagnosed with Convergence Insufficiency.

She’d been complaining of double-vision and difficulties reading. At first, we figured she was probably just bucking for glasses, which for some reason she really wants, probably because Mom and Dad have them and of course we are so totally cool. Also, the last time C— and I had our eyes checked A— was super fascinated with all the kewl equipment. She wanted her eyes checked.

She’d never had a proper eye exam and we figured just to be on the safe side we’d make her an appointment. Of course, she loved it, gabbing away to the optometrist, asking all manner of questions blah blah blah. Turned out she does NOT need glasses. In fact, she has 20/20 vision, but she wasn’t making it up about the double-vision.

The optometrist wanted her to see a child ophthalmologist, who confirmed the double-vision problem and made the diagnosis. Apparently it is pretty common to have Convergence Insufficiency (CI) and perfect vision, although the ophthalmologist did say that A— might develop nearsightedness later on.

Something I learned via an internet search (see link above) is that there seems to be a link between CI and ADHD, which our daughter has also been diagnosed with and is currently being treated for via meds.

The good part is that while CI is not very common it is also not serious. It usually doesn’t require surgery, and can be treated with some simple exercises, one of which A—was already doing in the car as we were driving away from the doctor’s office to school. That was a relief. I’d never heard of the condition so when the doctor first said it, I felt my heartbeat quicken, but of course the doctor quickly alleviated my silent worries.

I don’t know about other people but for me my daughter being sick is the scariest thing in the world. It’s bad enough when your child has a cold or the flu and you know they’re miserable, but even the possibility of something more serious is enough to make me want to freak out completely, but of course you can’t, because you’re the adult, right. And part of the job is holding it together even when you feel like you can’t, which is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. And I took calculus in school, so…

Anyhoo… follow up exam in about three weeks to check on A—‘s progress and see if any further treatment, such as seeing an orthoptist, is necessary.

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