Is Vision Therapy a Possible Cure?
In The Vision Piece of the Dyslexia Puzzle I describe much of what I learned working closely with a vision therapy department while operating my reading instruction business. That experience is what convinced me that every child struggling with reading should, at a minimum, be examined by a developmental optometrist to rule out visual skills problems.
Many parents have seen vision therapy fix their child’s reading problem, but it doesn’t “cure” dyslexia.As to whether vision therapy offers a cure for dyslexia, I have seen children undergo vision therapy, and then easily pick up my phonics instruction thereafter. Was their dyslexia cured? In this case, I would say definitely not, especially since they often showed other symptoms of developmental delay, such as compromised immune systems, or poor gross or fine motor skills. In this case, vision therapy addressed the particular developmental delay that was making reading such a struggle, that is, their poor visual skills, and then the phonics instruction filled in the necessary information about how print works. It would be hard to characterize this as a cure, however, although many of those children did indeed become proficient readers. In that sense, their parents certainly deemed them cured, for the reading problem was the one that drove them to seek help in the first place.