Is Vision Therapy Scientifically Proven?
Yes. Having received Vision Therapy myself and seeing hundreds of children benefit from therapy, I have the personal and professional experience to assure my patients that Vision Therapy is highly effective on children with visual learning deficits causing symptoms such as headaches, double vision, loss of place when reading, slow reading, poor handwriting, poor comprehension, and poor school performance. Rightly so, parents and school district administrators should take a deeper look into the effectiveness of Vision Therapy before committing resources.
Scientific Research on Vision Therapy
Vision Therapy has been practiced for decades and is well researched and proven to improve children with Visual Learning Disabilities. You can read a more comprehensive description and a list of Vision Therapy research at these websites:
U.S. Guidelines on Treatment for Visual Learning Disabilities
In order to provide your student with the care they deserve, I carefully follow the recommended clinical practice guidelines laid out for our country by the American Optometric Association. In my profession, I am bound to uphold a standard of care that includes treatment or referral of Visual Efficiency and Visual Information Processing Disorders. These guidelines lay out the foundation for Vision Therapy as practiced by myself and thousands of doctors across America, and include over 400 studies in their Reference section. Here is an exerpt from the Clinical Practice Guideline:
The U.S. Clinical Guidelines are available for public viewing online. These are highly technical but please do take a look at the massive references section which gives great credence to our program. Links to the full clinical guidelines:
Excerpts from Scientific Research
To assist you in your professional assessment of Vision Therapy as a viable treatment for the visual learning disabilities that your student has been diagnosed with, please see the next page (backside) for excerpts from published research on Vision Therapy.
Much like other forms of therapy, Vision Therapy is often overlooked. Since therapy is performed mostly in small clinical settings, Vision Therapists lack the marketing and reach of pharmaceutical companies. Although schools legally have a duty to pay the costs of therapy for children with an individualized education program, it can sometimes feel like a battle to get your child the care they need. This is because symptoms related to Vision Therapy aren't as readily apparent as symptoms relating to Occupational, Speech, or Physical therapy. It is much easier to dismiss a child's poor control over their eyes than to dismiss poor control over speech or gross motor function, because speech impediments and gross motor impediments are more outwardly visible. Yet a child's ability to control their eyes is of great importance for their success. Educating parents, teachers, and IEP managers on the importance of our eyes is essential to helping the next generation of children in their personal learning process.
Lysle Shaw-McMinn, O.D.
Dr. Lysle graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2014. His knowledge of technology and enthusiasm for pediatric and senior care has brought him to work with us in Sun City Vision Center.
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