Vision Therapy and Dyslexia

DyslexiaDyslexia and other learning disabilities have their root in the brain. Even though certain studies claim that various types of treatments will not affect how a dyslexic person learns or interprets what they see, the common consensus is that using multiple forms of treatment works best when trying to find a positive and effective solution. Dyslexia is no different. When treating children and adults with dyslexia, it is important to remember how the disorder affects a person’s vision and that many treatment options may only treat secondary symptoms.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability in which the brain has difficulty sorting out specific sounds within written words. Many people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia also have issues when it comes to recognizing certain letters and numbers. They may also claim to see specific letters and numbers in a reversed position. While these are the symptoms commonly associated with dyslexia, they are not the primary factors that result in the diagnosis.

How Can Vision Therapy Help?

Most individuals who are diagnosed with dyslexia have above average eyesight. In fact, dyslexia is not a visual problem at all. It has been discovered, however, that individuals with dyslexia often have other vision problems that have a dramatic impact on how the person eventually learns. By using vision therapy to address a dyslexic person’s issues, they can actually eliminate the stress that is often placed on the eye. Using corrective lenses to help bring the eyes into focus is just one way that will allow the person to focus more fully on what they are reading.
Vision therapy can help alleviate the stress placed on the eyes when a person attempts to concentrate or focus on a specific section of print for long periods of time. Although it will not directly correct the problems associated with dyslexia, it can help correct other problems that adds to the stress and frustration. In certain cases, individuals are misdiagnosed with dyslexia, when in actuality; they have a correctable vision problem that mimics the symptoms of the disorder.

Ways You Can Cope With Dyslexia

The first step in learning to cope with dyslexia is to get an accurate diagnosis. While many people with the disorder have other vision problems, it is important to identify them and eliminate dyslexia as a factor. Once the vision problems are identified, it is easier to find the appropriate treatments that will correct them.
Once a person has received the diagnosis of dyslexia and other vision problems have been corrected, they must learn appropriate ways to train their brain to identify and isolate groups of letters and their sounds. Our clinic helps find appropriate vision therapy solutions that will allow their patients to overcome the obstacles associated with dyslexia and the vision problems that are sometimes associated with it.