More Effective Treatment for Common Childhood Vision Disorder

Dr. Mitchell Scheiman Leads Study Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The results of a research study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) were published in the October 13th, 2008 edition of Archives of Opthalmology.  The National Eye Institute is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.  Our own Dr. Mitchell Scheiman served as the principal investigator of this study.

The study focused on children dealing with Convergence Insufficiency (CI), a common childhood eye muscle coordination problem.  Research shows that as many as one of every 20 children suffer from CI.  This condition cannot be detected through school screenings or wellness visits at the pediatrician’s office.  It can only be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam.  Convergence Insufficiency often leads to difficulty in school and learning disorders.

The results of the study showed that nearly 75 percent of children who were given office-based therapy, along with at-home reinforcement, achieved normal vision or had significantly fewer symptoms after 12 weeks of treatment.  This is an excellent result, and reinforces the importance of vision therapy, and eye examinations in general, for all school-aged children.

Some local publications have written articles on the results of this study led by Dr. Scheiman.  To read more, please click here.