Often children who are exhibiting signs or symptoms of dyslexia (reversing letters or numbers) have underlying visual issues that are contributing to the symptoms. Although dyslexia is thought of as a language / reading disorder, we need to ensure that the child is seeing the words correctly in order to interpret the sounds and meanings of the words. If a child is struggling to make the words on a page clear or not double, they are using a great deal of energy and effort (and often becoming frustrated) when that energy could have been spent on deciphering what they are looking at.
Dyslexia, like ADHD with trouble focusing, has become an umbrella term to cover all difficulties with reading. The problem with this approach is that the child receives a label that may not be accurate. While we can’t give your child the official diagnosis of dyslexia, we will test for the underlying cause of the symptoms. Often children who have been labeled with dyslexia have a visual processing dysfunction that can be corrected through vision therapy. Our doctors will test all of these areas. Because 80% of what is learned in a classroom is brought in through the visual system, a comprehensive eye exam with one of our optometrists is an important starting point for your child’s care.