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Sunday, October 31, 2004

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Chris Tregenza

If we are considering the science behind vision therapies then there is research that indicates people with learning difficulties do have visual issue.

'Visual Problems Equals Learning Problems?'
[ http://www.myomancy.com/2005/07/visual_problems.html ]
85% of 81 'at risk' pupils have visual problems not detected by visual acuity tests.

'Visual Noise Hard for Dyslexics to Cope With'
[ http://www.myomancy.com/2005/01/visual_noise_ha.html ]
Dyslexics and non-dyslexics were equally able to detect both M- and P-type patterns. But when researchers added visual noise, in the form of TV “snow”, on top of the pattern that a difference emerged. Patterns had to be 10 percent more contrasting for children with dyslexia to detect them compared with non-dyslexics.

'Dyslexics and Visual Motion Problems'
[ http://www.myomancy.com/2004/05/the_latest_issu.html ]
The latest issue of Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience includes ...
"Developmental dyslexia is associated with deficits in the processing of visual motion stimuli, and some evidence suggests that these motion processing deficits are related to various reading subskills deficits.

Barbara Vines

Reality check:

Dyslexia is an auditory processing disorder, and not a visual condition.

Derrick Early

What a bunch of quacks!

Thank you for writing this essay. You have saved me a lot of money and saved my son a lot of valuable time. Why aren't all the states' attorney generals going after these scam artists?

My wife and I really became suspicious when the visual therapy video told us how many convicts had vision problems. This comment was presented to motivate the parents to buy the vision therapy, so their child won't become a convict.

Terry

Perhaps you should look at the clinical research provided by a not for profit group call Parents Active for Vision Education. http://www.pavevision.org/

Vision therapy could help any individual who has:

* Avoidance of near work, such as avoiding reading, avoiding tasks that involve writing.

* Frequent loss of place when reading.

* Omits, inserts, or rereads letters/words.

* Confuses similar looking words.

* Failure to recognize the same word in the next sentence.

*Tilts head whie writing or reading

Vision therapy corrects vision disabilities.

Vision Therapy dramatically improved my thirteen year old son's life. When he was ten, our son devoted three months to vision therapy, including twice weekly visits to the vision therapist and daily home therapy. Vision therapy provided a long lasting solution. My son is in Middle School and taking honors courses well beyond his age and is on the honor roll NOW. In kindergarten, the reading specialist told us our son would always need special services from Title One Special Education.

If you have a struggling student, please visit this web site
http://www.pavevision.org/

Please secure an appointment with a specialist optometrist for a comprehensive vision exam .

Please ask visit this site to see a simulation of various vision disabilities:
http://www.childrensvision.com/

If you decide to find a qualified specialist optometrist, please visit the (COVD) and the (OEP) websites.

1.College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
This organization serves as the certifying body for Doctors in the Optometric specialty called Behavioral/Developmental/Rehabilitative Optometry. If a doctor chooses, he/she may apply for COVD fellowship after successfully completing a Residency program in Vision Therapy or Binocular Vision or after three years as a Behavioral Clinician. Fellowship is difficult to obtain and is only granted after interviews, publishing and knowledge testing is completed and accepted by a committee. Fellows are certified specialists in vision therapy. If you would like to go directly to their membership directory, click here. http://www.covd.org/membersearch.php


2. Optometric Extension Program (OEP) Foundation
The OEP Foundation is an international non-profit organization that serves the educational needs of behavioral optometrists by providing continuing education credits and provides public information about vision care. If you would like to go directly to their referral list of doctors, click here. http://www.healthy.net/oep/OEPSearch.htm

It is worthwhile to investigate the possibility of a vision problem.

Thomas Lecoq

I am astonished at the anti vision therapy bunk on this site. There is ample evidence and clinical experience to support vision therapy and it is easily found (visit oep.org).

Many years ago, I investigated a criticism of VT that is almost word for word what you have posted. The critic is a noted ophthalmologist at Indiana State University who cited a "study" that disproved vision therapy's efficacy. I was a journalist for a decade and applied considerable pressure to see the data and details of the study. Eventually, I learned there was no study.

It seems the opposition to VT is attributable to the urban legend that persists in medical schools that optometrists are not real doctors and are just in VT for the money. The underlying motivation seems to be that optometrists have dramatically upgraded their doctoral level training to include medical elements and are taking patients away from the MDs! Average ophthalmologist incomes have dropped drastically over the past decade.

After a quarter century working with VT doctors, I know that nearly all are extremely conservative by nature and no OD I know would recommend therapy unless they were certain it would help.

Oppositional ophthalmologists should first clean up their own act. For example, data from medical studies of strabismus surgery show that of children who have "successful" surgery, 36 percent lose sight to amblyopia. In those who forgo surgery, only 6 percent become amblyopic.

Optometrists have responded to criticism about VT by doing more and more research, such as the convergence insufficiency study done jointly with the Mayo Clinic that found VT was more effective than the medical approach in resolving problems.

It is time to stop allowing MDs to make critical, unsupported accusations or assertions against other professions. Anyone publishing information should demand the same supportive evidence from accusers that accusers demand of their foes.

Thomas Lecoq

Sonoma

I read your entire blog, and I just had to reply in total disagreement with what you say here. I am a high school English teacher and a parent -- in other words, I'm pretty reputable. I was diagnosed with ocular dysfunction, binocular dysfunction, and suppression. I underwent vision therapy for 5 months. It changed my life in ways I never imagined. 2 months before I went to the eye doctor, I saw my primary care doctor convinced I had a brain tumor. All tests revealed I was fully healthy. I was 38 and thought I was losing my mind. My vision was out of control (steadily declining from junior high - despite the fact that I had nearly 20/20 eyesight.) I couldn't focus visually on nearly anything. I wore sunglasses from morning to night. I couldn't see across the room (blurry and very fuzzy). I couldn't read any more. It was impossible for me to read from one line to the next -- I had to jump all over the page. I couldn't remember anything I just read. It was too confusing. I couldn't remember anything anymore either. Still, I didn't think it had anything to do with my vision because my eyesight was considered great. That's why I thought I must have something horribly wrong with me. After vision therapy, I can not only read again, but the world around me makes sense again. I can control my eye movements, and I have learend through some of the biofeedback exercises to stop my brain from suppressing information. Most important is the fact that I no longer feel like I'm losing my mind. Is vision therapy just hype -- NO! I'm an educated adult who experienced this for myself. I don't say it's the "cure all" for every situation, but as a high school teacher, I can tell you that lots of kids suffer from visual processing problems, and I don't doubt that they could be helped in the same way I was. The stats are there, and there's a non-profit group devoted to helping get the word out about vision therapy. P.A.V.E. is Parents Active for Vision Education. Their website has tons of information about this area. And, the studies ARE out there. P.A.V.E. has compiled many of them in a book. I'm assuming from your blog that you have never experienced any of the issues I did, nor have you yourself ever needed vision therapy. So before you completely denounce this practice, please do some further research on it.

jennifer

For anyone with any doubt that VT works- think about this simple fact. The ONLY people arguing that Vision therapy isn't effective are ophthalmologists, and pediatricians just listening to the "MD's" in the ocular field. People should know the difference between an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist. They have very DISTINCT jobs. An ophthalmologist's goes to medical school- in which they do not take a single course in vision, vision perception, binocular vision, optics, refracting, or courses that teach you how to test and interpret binocular dysfunctions. They graduate med school with minimal knowledge about our visual system- and begin a residency in surgery of the eyes. It is a completely separate field- that has nothing to do with what Optometrists do. Why they are so eager to always put down the field is a very obvious fact- they are simply trying to convince the world that medicine and surgery are the only way to solve any problem. To compare an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist is like comparing a neurosurgeon and a psychiatrist or a primary care physician. Sure they studied many similar subjects while in school, but their specialties are in completely different fields. People need to wake up and realize medical school is not the only place you learn how to treat people. Optometry school is so dedicated to the eyes and the visual system; we study it intensely for four years post undergraduate school. There are those in every field that are inept and do not represent the field well, however everyone should know that a behavioral Optometrist can make a bigger impact on a child's life than any other type of treatment or medication. It approaches changing learning behaviors and visual anomalies by therapeutically setting up situations to change one's altered visual perceptions. How we are able to capture and process information is the essence of how we learn and who we become. If we lose the ability to use our eyes maximally and effectively- the information cannot reach our brain, resulting in short comings such as "ADD, dyslexia, strabismus, and a many reading dysfunctions." A Behavioral Optometrist treats behavioral patterns that lead to the type of dysfunction a child may be facing. Any attention problem, visual auditory problem, visual processing or perception problem are still able to be influenced in those with skewed visual systems. VT has had high success, especially in motivated individuals. Regardless of age, the visual system can still be effected- think about a law student who reads and reads and starts to have problems viewing objects in the distance. This is a simple example of how someone in their 20’s can adapt to their new near point world of text books, slowly losing the ability to focus the lens to see clearly when looking far. Google doctors in your area part of COVD or that are Behavioral Optometrists. Do all your research- you will easily learn thatn Optometrists are highly trained doctors in their field, and the only ones in the field trained to practice visual therapy techniques.

Jon

This post is super old but showed up when I googled vision therapy so I want to comment.

You've distorted the relationship between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and your statements are as partisan as a political ad. Optometrists serve as the Primary Care Eye doctors for most people. Why? Most Ophthalmologists are surgically trained to specialize in areas such as retina, glaucoma, cataracts, etc. Few Ophthalmologists want to spend all day doing primary care examinations when they could hire an Optometrist to do it for less money. Yes, that's right, many Ophthalmologists work alongside Optometrists (and some Ophthalmologists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Ophthalmologists, Neuro-Ophthalmologists, Neurologists, and Primary Care Physicians actually refer to Optometrists for vision therapy). Gasp!! The horror!!

As for vision therapy (VT). I'm a 3rd year Optometry student and I sat through a COVD lecture just an hour ago. People should know that only a small part of Optometry school is spent studying vision therapy (VT). Most of us are very skeptical of VT and do not plan on doing it.

So what do we make of all the anecdotal evidence in favor of VT? The truth is somewhere in the middle. Yes, groups like COVD and OEP distort the facts about vision disorders. Still, there has to be more to it than the placebo effect. Also, the science seems to be catching up. Copy/Paste this link to a joint MD/OD study conducted by the NEI on one of those made-up binocular vision disorders mentioned in the post:

http://www.nei.nih.gov/neitrials/viewStudyWeb.aspx?id=107

To summarize, not all Optometrists are quacks, many vision therapists are, and there may be something scientifically verifiable with respect to vision therapy.

Tooth_Grinding

I am posting this to Sonoma, who posted above saying she benefited enormously from vision therapy. The people I have met who practice something they call "vision therapy" are bullsh1tters and ripoff artists. It sounds like you were fortunate enough to find someone who offered a service that had real effects and results. Who did you see? What was the nature of the biofeedback you spoke of. I am an inventor and I am interested in designing some more consumer biofeedback products that are affordable for all and that really work. You can contact me through my website.

Heather

Wow, I did not have the time to read your entire post, but I wanted to follow up with you.
I am an adult with Stereopsis, having had three "corrective" surgeries since I was age 3 up to 9.
I just started vision therapy with as much cynicism as one can possibly have! After several months of therapy one day everything in the office popped into 3D one day while wearing bottle thick prism glasses. I am as much as a non-believer as anyone, but i have to say this therapy has changed my life and many others. I do think it has a significant impact on LD and many other things. As someone who has directly experienced the miracle brought about by VT, I would say that as someone who knows what having a visual problem is firsthand and then getting help for it, I can say I speak directly from experience that VT works! And trust me, I was as big as a cynic as anyone could be!!!
I started a blog to document the changes I have gone through: www.seeing3d.blogspot.com and would like to hear your feedback.

sue

Movement and balance are one of the main areas of development that an occupational therapist will work on with a child that has a developmental or learning dysfunction. Occupational therapists working with children have discovered that visual perceptual skills are also important in developing skills they don't have. Eye muscles do not work in isolation of what is processing in the brain. If what you say is true about vision therapy (despite your highly biased and unethical approach)then you are saying that occupational therapists don't work either. If you visit a behavioural optometry practice and watch their vision therapist you will see that there are overlaps with occupational therapy - the main difference being the extra emphasis on visual skills. I agree that furthers research is required. I agree that there are unsuccessful patients who have done vision therapy, but then again, that's like saying that there are unsuccesful patients who have had strabismic surgery, laser surgery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc... do you know of any medical therapy that is 100% effective? There was a time that using leeches to drain "bad blood" was acceptable medical procedure! I believe that vision therapy has a lot of controvery surrounding it (eg the badly promoted Batesman method and the See Clearly Method) and this has confused people. Seek out professional advice from qualified optometrists. If they wanted to make money - they would not be investing in vision therapy. They would be promoting sales of products which is what corporate practices do anyway. For most practices, vision therapy fees are there to pay for labour, overheads and equipment and is not a revenue making exercise. Or if you are still in doubt, why don't you just see your friendly opthalmologist and ask how much their charge for laser surgery?

Bob (for vision improvement) Sherman

I have an MS degree in physics, have taught high school and worked in an electric utulity for 26 years. So, I am not an ignorant person.

I agree with you that patients want a quick fix, especially to vision problems. They get a quick fix from traditional eye doctors who prescribe artifical lenses, but who have seldom if ever helped anyone improve their vision.

Next time you go to your eye doctor, ask him or her what percentage of their patient they have cured of their myopia. The success rate is something you'd want to know about a surgeon you were thinking of choosing to operate on you, isn't it?

So, the success rate of curing eye problems, like myopia, is a valid question for your eye professional. If they say they don't cure myopia, why in the world would you pay them to try to help you?

I can attest that using natural vision therapy I have recovered over 20 years of deteriorating eyesight and am still improving.

Gemini

Hi all. If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.
I am from Darussalam and know bad English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "Rpms, but it together seems skinhead."

With love 8-), Gemini.

Bala

Hi all,
I am a physical therapist with a speciality in developmental disorders. I have a masters in developmental disorders and am a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
I consider vision therapy to be a sort of physical therapy specifically for the eye muscles and depending on the vision therapy services that you are recieving, a type of physical therapy for the brain...if balance and movements with feet off the ground are also included ( swing, merry go round etc).
A developing brain needs movement for all it's senses to get integrated ( touch/joint and muscle sense/vision/hearing).
Vision is a learned skill just like walking.
Movement especially a structured movement program to stimulate of the parts of the movement apparatus ( vestibular system) is crucial along with vision therapy.
I believe if only the lens are provided and eye exercises are performed with software equipment, then the results may or may not work.
I have seen amazing results when I use a vestibular based program ( balance coordination, timing etc) with vision exercises that I learnt as a Brain Gym Consultant.
I believe an appropriate vision therapy program ( where movement is included)is beneficial and a maintanice program is key too.

Lisa

I took my daughter to VT. Spent thousands, wish I was making that up, and countless hours of, at home VT. Didn't do anything but waist my time, money and my daughter became even more behind at school. I do not have any degrees or credentials I am just a mom who wants the best for my child. VT is NOT it. Don't waist your money. I homeschool my dyslexic child now with amazing results! One on one teaching/learning was what she needed. Good luck parents, make careful choices. The easy way, VT, is not always the best way!

betty watson

I generally agree with most things you post to this blog. As a licensed child psychologist who specializes in diagnosing learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, processing disorders, language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, etc...I wanted to clarify my understanding of this issue and what the research seems to say.

It is true that VT will NOT correct dyslexia...dyslexia is related to auditory processing, not visual processing. However, there are some students who experience delays in reading skills because of visual processing impairments (convergence insufficiency is what I see most). Because they cannot properly see what is on the page, they cannot possibly learn to apply phonetic rules or learn to recognize sight words. Research has demonstrated that VT can be effective in correct conditions such as convergence insufficiency. Depending on how late the vision processing problem is identified, these kids may still need classic dyslexia intervention in order to 'catch up' on their reading skills; if the problem is caught early enough, they may need no additional reading intervention. I have seen children who experience both visual processing and auditory processing impairments...though that is relatively rare in my practice; usually they are weak in one area or the other. I have no problem referring to a behavioral optometrist to further investigate visual processing and provide vision therapy--though I am adamant in telling parents that VT will not correct ADHD or dyslexia.

So, in summary, I agree that VT does not treat dyslexia. However, I disagree that all VT is invalid, as research has indicated it is effective for address specific visual processing impairments.

JHanson

Not just pediatricians and opt. disagree with VT.

Add National Association of School Psychologists to list of folks who think this is quackery.

Tell me how a Doctor can come back with scores that are average on the screenings, and then tell the parent that services and therapy are necessary? Then they come up with some bogus number like "18 visits" to have it cured. Ive seen therapy recommended for kids that are above the 60th percentile.

As a school psych, if I evaluated a student and came back with average scores - then recommended services that would cost the parent several thousand dollars (that went into my pocket) how would that go over?

Tracking is a real problem as it relates to reading - but until the cost comes down and REAL data is made available - this will never be accepted.

Dont you think if this were such a miracle, schools would have their Occupational Therapists, Reading Teachers, etc practicing this at every school in the US?? Particularly now when reading test scores directly relate to funding??

Zeitgeist

this comment is from an optometrist who provides "vision therapy. Interpret comments accordingly Neurological changes can occur. . .but only from speech therapy, auditory therapy, vestibular therapy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and motor therapy. Curiously, the visual system is only system that remains immune to any attempted change by any so-called "vision therapy." The visual system is not trainable!!!! Therefore, if a child's eye exam comes back as "normal," yet the child continues to exhibit signs and symptoms of a visual problem, it is time to see a shrink, or an ophthalmologist, to convince you that it is all in their head. Do not see an optometrist and get ripped off, cause learning is not at all even remotely linked to the visual system!!! And even if it was, the visual system is not trainable!
The neurology of the visual system is totally unlike the neurology behind speech, audition, vestibular, and motor systems. Surprisingly, by some unknown mechanism,it alone is resistant to change! Why is this? Who knows? Who cares? What is important is that people don't get snookered into believing that a child's vision could in any way be related to learning! Period! End of debate!

Demin

my son has been showing symptons of vision issues since 4, yet he tested 6/6 vision consistently over the years. However his rubbing, red teary eyes, headaches and inability to read were signs impossible to ignore. At 5 he told me the words jumped on the page. At 6/7 he told me the words on the white board was changing size, and the color of the pages change occasionally.

Over three years, we have gone the complete route, starting from hospital pd opthamologist, orthopist, optometrist, to VT to Irlen. We gave each specialist at least half a year to work with him, until they were ready to give the all clear, starting from the most traditional medical specialist. And still there were obvious issues. They all have something to say, from binocular vision, farsightedness, unusual accomodation in one eye. we were sent to check for dyslexia, and I have used dyslexic materials successfully, and finally he could read so well that they did not recognise him to be dyslexic (which by the way you are wrong, the latest research divides dyslexia into three sub-types - uditory, visual and developmental), but still he could not look at anything for long. Irlen is our latest stop, and my son gave the thumbs up to the overlay. I can see that his blinking has reduced remarkably, and his reading speed and comprehension has increased.

So I really don't think all these is the easy way out. It's time consuming, it's a slow process of elimination, it's all very expensive. It takes a lot of discipline to do the VT exercises at home everyday, to implement the recommended lifestyle, forcing your child to practise throwing ball to develop dynamic vision and coordination when it's something obviously difficult for him. The easy way out would be if I had listened to the opticians who said he was lying since he had perfect eyesight and do nothing.

Statistics can only give you a general picture. What if your child is the outlier?

Bobby Elgee

Vision therapy is NOT a therapy protocol designed to cure learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other learning problems.

Vision therapy is a set of therapy protocols designed to treat medically diagnosed vision problems such as amblyopia, strabismus, ocular motor dysfunction, accommodative dysfunction, binocular vision dysfunction, and other medical diagnosis specific to the visual system.

There is a clear body of knowledge that vision therapy does generate really improvement in the varying diagnosis above. Simple as that...you got a broken arm, you get surgery and/or a cast. If you got accommodative dysfunction, you get lenses and/or vision therapy.

The rub comes with seemingly miracle claims of vision therapy "curing" dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. If this was the case, well the dyslexia and/or ADD/ADHD was misdiagnosed in the first place.

Have I encountered many children with vision problems whose ability to read--as well as many other visual tasks--improved secondary to vision therapy for a diagnosed eye problem? Absolutely! But that's just the bread and butter.

Optometrists and other proponents have to be careful when making outrageous claims to fix learning disabilities. What one needs to say is that I can successfully treat a medical vision problem and the symptoms associated with this vision problem will lessen significantly. How the improvement in this condition may change performance on such tasks as reading and overall behavior at school is on a case-by-case basis.

Treatment of vision is just part of peeling the onion and should occur in conjunction with other specialized interventions, e.g. OT, PT, SPL. Rarely is vision the only answer and you risk shooting yourself in the foot--and generating a buzz on Web sites such as this inflammatory and error-filled site--if you are an optometrist that claims to treat learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and dyslexia through vision therapy. Stick to the science.

We've all seen seeming miracles, however in my experience these occur when a relatively simple vision problem has gone undiagnosed for years. Sure, suddenly it seems the kid has "taken off." But in reality, an impediment has been removed that was acting as an obstruction to other interventions.

Bobby Elgee

"Curiously, the visual system is only system that remains immune to any attempted change by any so-called "vision therapy."

This statement made in a post above is simply not correct. Read research on changes in accommodative amplitudes following vision therapy techniques. Read research regarding improvement in oculomotor skills following specific training of these abilities.

I've actually done a lot of pre and post testing of these skills myself using a variety of instruments and tests. There is an effect and it appears to be a positive one.

I'm wondering where you got the information to make such a sweeping and vast statement regarding the visual system? I would suggest that you read all available literature--primarily professional journal articles--and/or do some of your own research.

Of course, perhaps you are right, and I'm simply misreading the literature and my years of experience tracking the efficacy of such interventions is flawed. I sincerely doubt it however. The plasticity of the nervous system, especially the brain--and yes, including the visual system--is quite astounding.

Bobby Elgee

As an individual with a Masters in experimental psychology and having been--though not currently--an optometric consultant for over 15 years--I find your article to be an error filled, repetitious, and inaccurate and poor imitation of anything resembling a legitimate position.

Vision therapy is a legitimate treatment regime. You sincerely come across as an alarmist and are potentially steering people away from a possibly legitimate treatment option.

How do you feel about possibly being an obstacle toward a child reaching their full potential? I know

if it were me I would feel like a heel. I am comfortable in knowing I've helped hundreds of people to see better, including those with blindness/low-vision, individuals with brain injuries, blue-chip sports atheltes, as well as your "average joe" that just needs a pair of glasses.

You have obviously not done any of these things, based your conclusions on something you are repeating without doing any actual research, and are generally a negative force. My advice to you is to use your time better.

The only thing that you perhaps can take comfort in is that your hateful, inflammatory, and inaccurate article has elicited some comments from some very knowledgeable people that actually help people every single day. This is obviously something you don't do. My advice to you is to do your research before repeating in accurate information.

1. Does vision impact any activity--such as reading--that requires that you use your eyes for? Yes.

2. Do some people have vision problems? Yes.

3. Do millions of people visit an optometrist or other eye care professional every year? Yes

4. Are most happy with the results? Yes.

5. Is vision therapy a scientific-based treatment with a high degree of efficacy? Yes.

6. Does vision therapy work with everyone? No.

7. Is vision therapy a treatment for ADD, Learning Disorders, and Dyslexia? No.

8. Do individuals diagnosed with the above conditions show a higher incidence of vision problems? Yes.

9. Do some people that offer vision therapy advertise it as a treatment for ADD, Learning Disorders, and Dyslexia? Yes.

10. Are they mis-representing vision therapy as far as what it treats? Yes.

11. Are they as big an ass as you? No.

So there ya go.

Realize, I will call out optometrists and other eye care professionals when they advertise vision therapy as a treatment for such things other than a specific diagnosis, e.g. Ocular Motor Dysfunction, Accommodative Disorders, and Binocular Vision Dysfunctions, etc.

But, in general, I do feel that in specific cases where an optometric office that offers treatment for learning disorders and such, I sincerely that they are doing more good than harm, and there are a lot of success stories. I just feel that language is unnecessary AND inaccurate and feeds individuals like yourself to think of it as quackery.

Read the scientific journals out there. I've met and worked with a ton of opthalmologists as well that realize that orthoptics (vision therapy) is a real treatment--definitely indicated pre and post strasbismus surgery.

I run a team of paranormal investigators, and your post reminds me of the type of people that see a ghost in every single camera artifact that appears. Point is, do research for yourself and don't just repeat what other people say.

There is an extensive body of scientific literature that proves that vision problems can be treated and improved and these have an effect on daily life.

Simple as that. It's pretty much common-sense when you take a close look, which you obviously have not.

Common Sense

First part of comment: commenter introduces him/herself with a list of college degrees, a job in education, and number of children, in order to establish credibility. End with emphasis on something like, "...so I am not an uneducated person."

Second part of comment: barely concealed sales pitch repetition loaded with anecdotal evidence and references to the same studies and logic disputed and debunked in the original post, except without responding to said debunking or addressing concerns raised about methodology. Don't forget liberal jabs at medical professionals (e.g. "Ask how many cases of [...] they've cured...")!

Final part: derision of OP for daring to question highly questionable studies and chiding that they are trying to hurt the children by discouraging their parents from pursuing this avenue (by debunking it).

Shake up the format a bit, guys.

barbarak

My niece went from optometrist to opthalmologist to neurologist - even tried Tegretol (a dangerous and disabling drug) to make the letters stand still. Finally she tried Irlen colored lenses and became an avid reader with excellent grades.

Last year a new eye doctor tested her color perception, and for one of the slides her response made the doctor say, "You are not supposed to see that." But she did. So something IS definitely going on with her color perception, and Irlen lenses definitely help.

To scientists, if you can't prove it, it does not exist. To us, if it helps, get it.

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