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I am writing to tell you about how my daughter's dyslexia problem was finally resolved after several years. Her problem was a vision problem -- convergence insufficiency. Once she went through treatment (vision exercises), she was not frustrated any longer with reading problems. Now she is 16 and reads books like there is no tomorrow. I hope this helps others think about ways to deal with their children's reading problems. -- Solved Problem

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You are absolutely right that vision problems can contribute to problems in reading. Any child who is experiencing reading problems should have his or her vision checked by an eye-care professional. It is important to mention that the child is having reading problems, because routine eye exams don't usually detect vision problems that may be part of reading problems. Furthermore, people receiving the diagnosis of convergence insufficiency may have 20-20 vision.

Convergence insufficiency is an inability of the eyes to turn toward each other -- or sustain convergence -- making reading and other close work difficult. Studies vary greatly on the incidence of convergence insufficiency in children, from being rare in those younger than 6 to as high as one in eight for fifth- and sixth-graders.