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Eye Focusing Problems

The ability to see things clearly at different distances depends on our
eyes ability to change focus properly. This occurs when the lens in
each eye changes it shape to bend light and focus an image at the
back of the eye. When an eye focusing problem develops, vision can
be blurred for reading and other near activities.

Eye focusing problems are also called accommodative dysfunctions
because the lens in each eye is unable to "accommodate" or change
focus sufficiently to provide clear vision at all distances. This problem
can occur in children, as well as adults. In most cases, the problem is
not that a child lacks sufficient focusing power, but rather he or she
can't maintain and use their eyes focusing ability effectively.

Eye focusing problems often occur after continued viewing of near
objects like a book or computer screen. Children with eye focusing
problems may experience symptoms like:

l Eye strain
l Temporarily blurred vision
l Headaches

In some cases, eyeglasses can provide improved focusing ability and
reduce eye fatigue. However, a program of vision therapy may be
needed to successfully improve eye focusing ability and eliminate
symptoms.
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