Accommodative Insufficiency

About Accommodative Insufficiency

If your child has trouble focusing on nearby objects, they may have accommodative insufficiency. This is not an attention or learning disability. This is a vision issue, and it can be very frustrating for your child. 

Causes and Symptoms 

There is usually not one single cause of accommodative insufficiency or the inability to focus on close-range objects. It could happen for several reasons including:

  • Double vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Motion sickness
  • Difficulty reading
  • Side-effects of certain medications
  • Neurologic disorders

In addition, children with poor general health are often more prone to developing this condition, as are those who have suffered from chronic fatigue, glandular fever, or even a bad case of the flu.  

Treatments We Offer

Before our team can offer treatment, we need to identify the underlying conditions causing it. Columbia offers eye care that focuses on diagnosing the problem to determine the best course of treatment. Weak convex lenses may be prescribed for near vision until accommodation improves to normal levels. Accommodation exercises may also be advised to improve accommodative power.

Why Choose Columbia?

Our dedicated and compassionate pediatric ophthalmologists are at the forefront of vision research and treatment. Columbia physicians have years of experience, but they also have resources not available at other medical facilities.