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Vision Therapy is controversial...
The next few articles and research references present two sides of the
controversy: that of doctors of optometry, and that of doctors of
ophthalmology. Both sides claim scientific research supports their
"The role of the optometrist in the multi-disciplinary approach is to
assess the child's visual abilities. Attempting to function in the academic
environment with poor visual abilities may result in fatigue, short attention
span, avoidance of near work, slower performance, and reversals or
transpositions. Deficient eye-hand coordination can result in sloppy or
tedious handwriting which will interfere with a child's ability to express
thoughts in writing."
Parents Active for Vision
See also ...
College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Professionals answer questions including "What is Vision
Therapy?" and "Vision and Learning"
and Binocular Vision American Optometric Association
- The pro: This committee develops programs and materials relating to
pediatric care, the diagnosis and management of binocular vision and
perception problems, and the utilization of optometric vision therapy. What is
Academy of Pediatrics: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision: A Subject
- The con: Learning disabilities are common conditions in pediatric
patients. The etiology of these difficulties is multifactorial, reflecting
genetic influences and abnormalities of brain structure and function. Early
recognition and referral to qualified educational professionals is critical
for the best possible outcome. Visual problems are rarely responsible for
learning difficulties. No scientific evidence exists for the efficacy of eye
exercises ("vision therapy")...
York Times Report on Vision Therapy
- This summary on the COVD site includes links to the original NYT article
and comments, as well as links to the American Optometric Association's
Clinical Practice Guidelines...
Parents Active for Vision
20/20 vision is not enough! Current research indicates that approximately 1 out of 4 children have
vision problems which interfere with their ability to achieve
Professionals compiled by Carolyn K.
Need an audiologist, educational therapist, developmental optometrist for
your gifted child? These professionals have been recommended by other
parents and professionals...
November 16, 2011