Eye Movement and Dyslexia

Does Eye Movement Impact Dyslexia?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Researchers have been working hard to identify the cause of dyslexia so that an effective treatment program can be implemented. If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, then it is essential that you talk with an experienced eye doctor about how Vision Therapy can help.

Eye Movements and Dyslexia

Many people don’t think about eye function when discussing the topic of dyslexia. The common assumption is that there is something wrong with brain function, which in turn impacts the way the child reads the letters on the page.

But, in recent years, these assumptions are being challenged as doctors are looking for the true cause of dyslexia. It has been found that children with dyslexia have atypical eye movements, which means that correcting the eye movements can be beneficial to help the child overcome dyslexia.

By studying eye teaming, eye coordination, focusing, visual perception skills and more, it has been found that dyslexia is in fact affected by the child’s visual skills. If a child is unable to see and process the words on the page properly, then they will have a hard time reading and comprehending the information.

Benefits of Vision Therapy for Dyslexia

Vision Therapy treatments help the child to improve the way the brain controls eye movement and information processing. By improving specific visual skills, such as eye coordination and eye movement control, the brain can be retrained to improve the way the information is being processed.

These treatments are often used for children with dyslexia. But, the treatments aren’t limited to only children. In fact, many adults have benefitted from Vision Therapy as well. In addition to dyslexia, vision therapy can also be helpful for a number of other concerns, such as ADHD, learning related problems, special needs, Autism, and more. Some adults have even used this therapy to help with sports performance.

As you learn more about vision therapy, you will see that there are benefits for you to enjoy. Contact our team to learn more about how your child can benefit from the Vision Therapy services that we offer. Call our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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