Accommodative dysfunction is a complex term for a very common vision disorder in both kids and adults. In short, it means difficulty shifting your focus from near to far. For example, you may be focused on a computer screen and then look across the room, only to find it difficult to regain focus at either distance.
Why Accommodative Dysfunction Should be Corrected
Accommodative dysfunction can be a very frustrating vision disorder and can make daily life difficult for kids and adults, especially in the following situations.
Classroom performance – when a child has trouble focusing at varying distances, it can be hard to achieve success in school. Kids spend much of their school day looking from close objects on their desks to distant objects like the teacher at the front of the room. When this causes blurred vision, it can make classroom activities and learning much more difficult and their grades can suffer because of it.
Participating in sports – many kids are interested in joining their school athletic teams but are limited in their ability due to their focusing problems. Playing a sport well depends on strong visual skills, so it can be very frustrating for kids to lose the opportunity to play simply because of a vision disorder. Additionally, playing a sport, even for fun, can become dangerous if the athlete cannot properly focus on the activity going on around them.
Work performance – Many people have jobs that depend on acute visual ability. Warehouse or assembly line workers depend on their ability to properly focus on their surroundings for safety reasons. And even business professionals need to focus while in meetings and presentations. Accommodative dysfunction is typically diagnosed in kids, but adults should also be aware of the issue and understand that there are treatment options.
Vision Therapy as a Treatment for Accommodative Dysfunction
One very effective form of treatment for accommodative dysfunction is vision therapy. Through a series of specialized eye exercises, this sort of physical therapy for the eyes and brain can retrain your visual system to restore proper focusing. The sessions are short and take place right in our Aurora location.
We are Vision Therapy Specialists
Vision therapy is not a “one size fits all” treatment program. Each program should be individually tailored based on the specific issues to be corrected. At Family Vision Development Center, our doctors have advanced training in a variety of vision therapy techniques, including neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation, syntonic light therapy and more. We perform a thorough vision examination and determine the best course of treatment for each patient, and are committed to providing the best possible care in a safe, comfortable environment. Contact our office at 630-862-2020 to schedule an appointment.
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