Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Huntsville AL

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Walter J Hubickey, DO
(910) 907-8647
Huntsville, AL
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
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Dr.Craig Thorstad
(256) 536-7483
2780 Bob Wallace Ave
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
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Ophthalmologist
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Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al
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Bert Bowden, MD
(256) 539-9937
01 Meridian St Ste 303
Huntsville, AL
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Texas - Southwestern
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert Searcy Moorman Jr, MD
(256) 533-9261
401 Meridian St N
Huntsville, AL
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1960

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James Brennen Byrne, MD
(256) 539-8851
401 Meridian St N Ste 400
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1982
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Hospital: Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Retina & Vitreous Assoc

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Craig Keith Thorstad, MD
(256) 536-7483
2780 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
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Asha Sri D Nuthi, DO
401 Meridian St N Ste 400
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1998

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John Byron Cox, MD
(256) 880-0667
333 Whitesport Dr SW Ste 101
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al

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Jeffrey Curtis Hindman, MD
(256) 533-6891
401 Meridian St N
Huntsville, AL
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1972

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Patricia M Mc Coy, MD
(256) 705-3937
401 Meridian St N Ste 200
Huntsville, AL
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
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Study Finds Best Treatment for Common Childhood Eye Problem

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A new study finds that a combination of in-office therapy and at-home treatment is the best solution to "convergence insufficiency," a common eye problem in children.

A combination of in-office therapy and at-home treatment is the best solution for a common childhood eye problem, optometrists at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have found.

The team, led by Stacey Coulter, O.D., worked with researchers across the country to determine which treatment works best for a condition known as convergence insufficiency.

Convergence insufficiency, which is common among children, is a condition in which patients cannot accurately point their eyes together, so they see double or have eye strain. Other symptoms of convergence insufficiency include loss of place, loss of concentration, reading slowly, headaches, and blurry vision. It affects some patients' ability to learn.

"This study has sparked a lot of interest because people are concerned about conditions that can impact learning," Coulter says.

Traditionally, the majority of eye care professionals treated children diagnosed with convergence insufficiency using some form of home-based therapy. This study concludes that office-based treatment by a trained therapist along with at-home reinforcement is more effective.

The research, reported in the Oct.13 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, was funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The 12-week Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) study found that approximately 75 percent of those who received in-office therapy by a trained therapist plus at-home treatment reported fewer and less severe symptoms related to reading and other near work.

The CITT, which included 221 children age 9 to 17, is the first to compare three forms of vision therapy and a placebo therapy option. The first therapy was the current treatment standard known as home-based pencil push-up therapy, an exercise in which patients visually followed a small letter on a pencil as they moved the pencil closer to the bridge of their nose. The goal was to keep the letter clear and single, and to stop if it appeared double. The second group used home-based pencil push-ups with additional computer vision therapy. The third attended weekly hour-long sessions of office-based vision therapy with a trained therapist and performed at-home reinforcement exercises. The last group was given placebo vision activities designed to simulate office-based therapy.

After 12 weeks of treatment, nearly 75 percent of children who were given the office-based vision therapy along with at-home reinforcement achieved normal vision or had significantly fewer symptoms of convergence insufficiency. Only 43 percent of patients who completed home-based therapy alone showed similar results, as did 33 percent of patients who used home-based penc...

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