Issues with Vision Therapy and Dyslexia discussed here:
Although it is important to get children’s ears for hearing and eyes for vision checked, please consider the expert’s recommendations below:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Ophthalmology:
American Academy of Pediatrics journal article – Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision
AMA Journal of Ethics article – How Should Medical Schools Respond to Students with Dyslexia?
“To begin with, it is important to understand the critical difference between dyslexia and learning disabilities. In contrast to dyslexia, which is a highly specific condition, learning disabilities represent a more general, nonspecific category. To illustrate, the difference between learning disability and dyslexia parallels the difference between diagnosing a sore throat as an “infectious disease” which is nonspecific, or as “strep throat,” which is highly specific and amenable to a targeted, evidence-based treatment, penicillin.”
American Medical Association – article calling for dyslexia education to be mandatory part of curriculum for medical students (not able to link to article, but it is available to those with access)
Reading difficulties and the pediatric ophthalmologist
Abstract: Approximately 20% of children have dyslexia, a language-based reading disability. A variation in language processing in the brain leads to a deficit in phonological (auditory) processing, which leads to problems in learning to read, write, and spell. Myths continue to exist regarding dyslexia and vision, and although eye and vision problems may coexist with dyslexia, they are not more prevalent than in the general population. Rarely vision problems may make reading at near very difficult and may masquerade as a learning problem or attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The pediatric ophthalmologist can play a valuable role in determining whether any eye or vision problems exist that might interfere with learning or reading. Treatments to improve these eye conditions may help make reading more comfortable, but they are not a therapy for coexisting dyslexia. The use of vision therapy has never been shown scientifically to be effective and may prevent the application of effective interventions during the critical period of development when reading disorders can best be remediated. The pediatric ophthalmologist should educate parents about reading and dyslexia and provide a prompt referral to professionals who have expertise in evaluating and treating learning disabilities.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”
Steve Jobs Inventor, Entrepreneur, Industrial designer, Founder CEO of Apple Inc. and dyslexic.