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Is vision therapy a “proven therapy” or is it “quackery”?

Vision therapy is a proven therapy that is well-documented in medical journals, scientific literature, and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, not far from our center.

Despite vision therapy’s solid reputation in the scientific community, awareness about learning-related vision problems and vision therapy’s effectiveness is not widespread. Lack of familiarity sometimes creates a healthy dose of skepticism, which we discuss regularly with parents.

When you learn about something new that challenges previously held beliefs, it is natural to view it with a critical eye. If a child has considerable difficulty reading or writing, your first thoughts are likely to suspect a learning disability or dyslexia. If a child has attention or behavioral problems, popular opinions point to attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD).

Learning-related vision problems may be new on your radar; and as a parent, caregiver, teacher, or pediatric occupational therapist, it is your duty to scrutinize new information and work in a child’s best interest.

Obviously no doctor or practice ever wants to be accused of quackery or placed in the same category as a snake oil salesmen. Vision therapy is sometimes confused with “the Bates Method” or the “See Clearly Method” which do not have the same scientific basis or reputation as vision therapy, which is known in the medical literature as Orthoptic Therapy.

Rest assured, vision therapy has been proven effective in treating visual processing problems.

The NIH published results of a study, which proved vision therapy’s efficacy for the most common problems we find in students struggling in school. The Journal of the American Optometric Association has published articles about vision therapy’s effectiveness citing more than 260 peer-reviewed journals.

The reason you are not more familiar with vision therapy is simply that you have not read the studies and journals, and the information has not been picked up by the media or distributed through other outlets. As practitioners of vision therapy, it is our job to inform you about it, and you will find many helpful resources on our website about it.

At the Visual Learning Center, our vision therapy program is based on the latest scientific studies, and we have a proven track record of vision therapy success. Learn more about visual processing skill deficiencies and vision therapy by downloading this guide and watching this webinar.

We offer vision therapy to children and adolescents with learning-related vision problems in our Olney, MD, office, which is convenient to families in Silver Spring.