December 8, 2015

Accommodative Dysfunction

Our eyes have a focusing system which automatically adjusts in order to see clearly at different distances. Our eyes rapidly change focus when we look far away, up close, and back again. If there is a problem with the flexibility of our focusing system, that visual disorder is called an accommodative dysfunction.

Normally, children have a large amount of focusing capacity. However, some children do not have the ability to sustain focus for long periods of time while reading, or they may be unable to quickly change the focus of their eyes from distance to near.

Accommodative dysfunctions can cause:

  • Blurred vision at distance or near
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty reading and concentrating
  • Avoidance of near work
  • Difficulty copying from the board to paper