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Vision Therapy: Is It Helpful for Dyslexia?
Academic problems aren't the only issues children with dyslexia face. The learning disorder can take a toll on your child's mental health, causing low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression. Vision therapy may offer the tools your child needs to improve their academic performance and increase self-confidence.
What Is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia occurs due to a language processing issue in the brain. As a result, your child may have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling, writing, grammar, math, or organizing their thoughts when writing.
Unfortunately, some children with dyslexia also have undiagnosed vision problems that make reading and writing even harder. These vision problems can occur even if your child has 20/20 vision or wears glasses to improve their eyesight. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, 10 percent of children have vision problems that significantly interfere with learning.
Your child may have difficulty with these tasks if they have a vision disorder:
Blurred or double vision due to vision disorders can cause eyestrain, fatigue, headaches, and watery eyes when reading. When a child can't see correctly, they may become frustrated, which can lead to daydreaming or behavioral problems at school.
If your child has dyslexia and a vision problem, schoolwork may be incredibly difficult. Even though your child works very hard, it may be difficult to master the concepts needed for reading or writing.
Disorders That Can Affect Your Child's Vision
Vision issues may be related to one of these problems:
Since these disorders share many of the same symptoms as dyslexia, it's understandable that a vision problem could complicate your child's dyslexia treatment. Sometimes, these disorders can even be mistaken for dyslexia. In fact, some parents have assumed that their children had dyslexia when a vision disorder was really to blame.
How Vision Therapy Can Help
Although vision therapy can't cure dyslexia, treating vision disorders may make dyslexia treatment more effective. Vision therapy involves age-appropriate treatments and activities that improve the connection between the brain and the eyes. The therapy can even forge new connections in the brain in some cases. During a therapy session, your child may participate in activities that improve eye teaming and tracking abilities or play matching games to improve visual memory. Therapy sessions are tailored to your child's specific vision disorder and offer an effective way to treat many disorders.
Is your child struggling at school due to dyslexia? Contact our office to find out if their issues could be compounded by a vision disorder.