health & dyslexia: vision
(eye related) therapies & dyslexia an introduction


Vision and Dyslexia – An Introduction

Visual problems are one of the most common causes of disability in the world. The Optical Information Council has estimated that one child in five may have undetected visual problems.
Regular eye tests using new techniques may prevent children with learning difficulties, from being labelled problem children and would enable children to be identified at a much earlier age. It is imperative that these tests are carried out before the child starts to fail, as the damage caused to their self-esteem is very difficult to restore.

During the last decade there has been a wealth of studies to show that children with undiagnosed eye problems often have learning difficulties. It stands to reason if a child cannot see properly they will not be able to read, spell and write.

Therefore, it is important that all children have an eye test during infancy, preschool years and then, yearly to detect any problems at the earliest opportunity.

There are a significant number of related therapies with different types of tests to help you. These range from vision training, to working with computers, or ‘putting a hat on a donkey’ (Dunlop Test).