Vision Conditions in Wichita

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Vision Conditions Affect Our Daily Lives

Vision conditions can significantly impact everyday activities. From difficulty concentrating to struggling to follow a moving object, there’s more to healthy vision than clarity.

Vision can affect lifelong development, from social skills to school performance. Vision therapy can help you or your child overcome the challenges of vision conditions so you can preserve your visual health.

Even Small Vision Problems Can Have Big Impacts

Vision conditions can change how you interact with the world. You may avoid pictures because of a visible eye misalignment or skip 3D movies because you wear thick prescription glasses. Double vision or poor spatial awareness can also be a safety issue, whether driving or crossing the street.

We want to support your vision so you can succeed through every stage of life.

Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency (CI) occurs when the nerves and muscles controlling eye movements don’t communicate properly. Both eyes need to work together to create comfortable, clear vision. 

Symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Poor concentration
  • Squinting or closing one eye
  • Motion sickness or vertigo

A child with CI may have difficulty keeping up in school or frequently lose their place while reading. Learn how we can help support school performance with vision therapy.

What Causes Convergence Insufficiency?

Convergence insufficiency is associated with conditions that affect the brain. The eyes muscles may be physically strong enough, but the messages the brain receives result in poor movement control. The condition can occur because of a lack of development in childhood or health conditions in adulthood.

CI can result because of various risk factors, such as:

  • Family history of CI
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Concussion or brain trauma
  • Excessive screen time


Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the most common cause of vision loss in kids. Fortunately, early treatment can prevent long-term vision problems more effectively.

Having a dominant eye is normal, like being right or left-handed. But when the brain learns to rely on the dominant eye (usually the stronger eye), it can ignore input from the “lazy” or nondominant eye.

Healthy vision requires both eyes teaming together for essential visual skills like depth perception and tracking object movement.

What Causes Amblyopia?

Amblyopia usually develops before age 6. It’s caused by a difference in visual acuity between eyes, such as one eye having a higher degree of nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).

Other common risk factors include:

  • Eye turn (strabismus)
  • Family history of amblyopia
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Vision conditions affecting one eye

Regular comprehensive eye exams, including at least once between 6–12 and again between 3–5, can help detect signs or symptoms so your child receives amblyopia care.


Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes, is a condition where one or both eyes don’t align while looking at an object. One eye may look straight ahead while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward, or downward. 

Symptoms of strabismus may include double vision, headaches, eye strain, and poor depth perception. Strabismus can be treated through vision therapy, corrective lenses, and, in some cases, surgery. When untreated, strabismus can lead to vision loss.

What Causes Strabismus?

Strabismus typically develops in childhood and results from poor eye muscle control. The condition can be caused by problems with eye muscles or messages from the nerves or brain that direct eye muscle movement.

Risk factors for strabismus include:

  • Family history of strabismus
  • Severe or uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Medical or developmental conditions

Strabismus can worsen without treatment, so it’s crucial to have your child’s eyes assessed if they show signs of eye turn.

What Are Common Signs & Symptoms of Vision Conditions?

Refractive Errors

Refractive errors, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism (blurry near or far), are common. The condition can be caused by abnormal eye shape or eye tissue.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Squinting
  • Headaches

Both eyes need to work together to create a complete picture. When the eyes are misaligned, or one eye lacks development, it causes poor quality vision or vision loss.

Amblyopia, strabismus, and convergence insufficiency are examples of eye coordination problems.

Signs  and symptoms can include:

  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Frequently rubbing eyes
  • Double vision
  • Short attention span

Accommodative dysfunction is an eye-focusing problem. It’s common in kids and adults whose daily lives have high near-vision demands, like computer work, reading, or crafting.

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Blurred vision when switching between distances
  • Headaches or fatigue
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Avoiding visually demanding tasks
  • Poor productivity or task accuracy
  • High distractibility

Visual perception is the ability to accurately take in visual information. Processing is the speed at which you can perceive visual information. Traumatic brain injuries, convergence insufficiency, amblyopia, and strabismus can affect perception. Learning disorders, like dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD, can affect processing.

Signs & symptoms can include:

  • Poor object, letter, or word recognition
  • Difficulty with spatial relations (confusing left & right)
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts
  • Poor recall of visual material
  • Handwriting is crooked or poorly spaced
  • Trouble following multi-stepped directions

Let’s Talk About How We Can Help

Vision therapy can help patients of all ages improve their vision quality. Get in touch with the Eye Connect team today.

Where to Find Us

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Eye Connect Vision Therapy is located next to the Eye Gallery optometry practice. Find us on E 21st Street N, across from Trinity Academy.

  • 12330 E 21st St N, Suite B
  • Wichita, KS 67206

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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