Convergence Insufficiency

About Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a common vision condition that may cause double vision. Convergence insufficiency is the inability for the eye muscle to coordinate because the eyes are unable to focus together to create a singular vision on a nearby object.

Convergence insufficiency may happen because of extreme fatigue or stress and is often confused with amblyopia or lazy eye. If your child is reading with one eye shut, complaining of headaches or dry eyes, then it is time to see a Columbia pediatric ophthalmologist.


The pediatric ophthalmologists at Columbia can perform several tests to look for weakness in the ability to converge or a lack of convergence to determine if your child's eyes are having trouble working together to be able to see well at a close range.

Treatments We Offer

Columbia ophthalmologists may recommend eye exercises to strengthen the convergence or coordination. 

Why Choose Columbia?

Columbia is a premier destination for pediatric patients with vision problems. The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Columbia University Irving Medical center offer a wealth of resources and expert providers.