American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

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Released October 8, 2013; updated May 29, 2019

Don’t recommend vision therapy for patients with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability resulting in difficulties with written and oral language skills, particularly reading. Dyslexia is not due to a vision disorder. Children with dyslexia do not have any more visual problems than children without dyslexia. While it is important to rule out vision and eye problems, vision therapy is ineffective in the treatment of dyslexia because the eyes are not the cause of the reading problem.


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How The List Was Created

The President and the Executive Vice President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus met with its Board of Directors. These 10 pediatric ophthalmologists leading the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus then generated a list of 10 potential topics. Each individual ranked the topics and the top five recommendations were chosen. Each recommendation was sent to a recognized expert in that specific area or to a committee of experts to complete the template. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus disclosure and conflict of interest policies can be found at www.aapos.org.

Sources

Shaywitz SE. Overcoming dyslexia: a new and complete science-based program for overcoming reading problems at any level. New York, NY: Knopf; 2003.

Jennings AJ. Behavioural optometry—a critical review. Optom Pract. 2000;1:67–78.

Barrett B. A critical evaluation of the evidence supporting the practice of behavioural vision therapy. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2009;29:4–25.

Fletcher JM, Currie D. Vision efficiency interventions and reading disability. Perspectives on Language and Literacy 2011;37:21–4.

Handler SM, Fierson WM; Section on Ophthalmology and Council on Children with Disabilities, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, American Association of Certified Orthoptists. Joint technical report—learning disabilities, dyslexia, and vision. Pediatrics. 2011;127:e818-56. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/3/e818.full.pdf+html.