Eye Focusing Problems

Accommodative dysfunction is the medical wording for an eye focusing problem.  An eye focusing problem is the inability to adjust the focus of the eyes to see objects at different distances. This inability can cause blurred vision, pain or discomfort from using the eyes. It occurs mostly while reading or on the computer, but can occasionally happen while driving and watching movies. It also includes problems such as blurred or strained vision when looking from the board to a book or looking up from the paper to the teacher. Another aspect of this dysfunction is the inability to focus and continue to seeing the words clearly over time. This skill is particularly important when reading for an extended period or taking standardized tests.

Accommodation problems are not the same as needing glasses. You may still have the focusing problem even if you have glasses.

Focusing problems generally are not muscle problems. The focusing muscles are strong enough to adjust focus, yet the ability to be accurate, efficient and controlled still breaks down. The focus gets “stuck” at one distance and can’t adjust to the next. This becomes evident during reading and computer work, and may make distance vision blurry. Note that as the focusing system breaks down, other vision problems can begin to appear. Eventually, headaches or eye strain occur and school or work performance suffers.

The first step is to get the correct glasses or contacts for sharp eyesight without strain. Our optical team uses the best technology to ensure your eyewear can meet the demands of your individual needs.  If symptoms are not improved by glasses alone, further testing should be done by our doctors to diagnose remaining conditions. Optometric Vision Therapy could be required when the symptoms are interfering with your life. These individualized, office based vision therapy techniques retrain the person to adjust their vision in a relaxed way and to see comfortably again.