I went to a meeting of Dyslexia Scotland South East this evening to hear
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Dorothy Crystal, an optometrist speak about vision, learning and Dyslexia. Dorothy runs a special clinic for the optometric assessment of people with learning difficulties from Eyecare-Plus in Edinburgh.
She was admirably well informed and experienced. She stressed the importance of annual eye checks for all children – not just those with specific learning differences.
On her website. Dorothy writes: Vision therapy is the name for a treatment plan to improve visual efficiency and visual processing allowing a child to be more responsive to educational instruction. Of course there is no direct cure for learning disabilities or dyslexia. However we have seen children in our clinic where vision therapy has produced significant educational gains. These children are not only achieving more but are more confident generally. Parents have said it’s like living with a different child.

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