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Sunday, November 27, 2005


Alisa Lovera

I have been searching to find an answer for what to do for my 10 year old daughter. we took her to a developmental optomotrist after hearing that vision therapy could be helpful. Of course he said th at she needs this therapy. A friend who is an optomologist said it is totally bogus and all about making money on desperate parents. I appreciate your website giving your point of view.

Levi Zurcher

I am actually an Optometry student currently in an externship with an Optometrist who specializes in vision therapy.

If I have a serious disease process taking place in my eye, you'd better believe I would see an Ophthalmologist for that. They're medical doctors, that's where their expertise lies. Most do not have a working understanding of functional vision, however, and that's no fault of theirs. It's just not part of their curriculum. In the US, Optometry and Ophthalmology have been fighting a turf battle over other aspects of practice for a long time, so of course the MD is going to say vision therapy is bogus, even though he may understand little about it.

Believe it or not, vision therapy or orthoptics, was actually invented by European Ophthalmologists around 75 years ago. Modern VT has a strong basis in research that vision scientists have been conducting for a long time now.

One thing we were taught in Optometry school is that poor vision definitely is NOT a learning disability. Can it hurt school performance though? You bet it can. I just finished seeing a teenager who was not able to keep his eyes aimed up close for long lengths of time, and he is now very happy that he can read his car magazines for more than 10 minutes at a time without getting a nasty headache. It's safe to assume his studying time had been limited by this too. His was an extremely simple and easy case to treat. Had he seen an Ophthalmologist though, he would have been sent out the door with the explanation that he didn't have a problem because his vision is 20/20.

The Optometrist I have been working with will only offer vision therapy if he really thinks it will help the patient. Why???... because he doesn't want people going out and telling their friends it doesn't work. The OD who is willing to take in anyone for vision therapy is foolish in my opinion, because not everyone needs it, but there are a lot of people who do who are not getting the help they need because some Ophthalmologists and Optometrists have a problem with working nicely together to best meet the needs of their patients, and that's really sad.

Theodore S. Kadet, O.D., FCOVD

Good comments by Levi Zurcher. See recent National Institute of Health (NIH)-sponsored double blind studies on Convergence Insufficiency and Amblyopia, published in the the Journal of Ophthalmology - January,2005 and April,2005. These are extremely strong studies on the efficacy of Vision Therapy.

Pamela Samuels

I am a single mother with cancer who now is faced with providing vision therapy for my son. Are there any programs in florida that can help with the financial costs of this therapy?


I want to know if anyone has seen a difference in brain processing visual information with those with disabilities is easier if contacts are used instead of glasses due to the distortion it causes. My child has severe myopia and hard to focus from near to far. He has learning disabilities and speech delays as well.

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The information, that you have provided on the 'Vision and Learning Disabilities' is totally make sense to us. It was really very interesting to read "The Learning Disabilities Association of America responded:
To our knowledge, there is no evidence to support that statement. Please understand that we are not criticizing your services or taking the position that no child could benefit from those services. Our concern is that this overly broad and unsupported statement could mislead families and cause children who truly have learning disabilities to not receive the services they need. We urge you to revise your advertising to delete this unsupported statement. "

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