Within the medical community there are misunderstandings and miscommunications concerning vision therapy. At the center is a common misconception that vision therapy is a treatment for dyslexia and learning disability. It is not. Vision therapy relieves the burden of a weak visual system and can allow reading and concentration to occur more comfortably for longer periods of time.
Open Letter: Dr. Bauernfiend has spent countless hours reading through medical publications in an effort to shed some light on the conflicting views of vision therapy within the medical community as well as where information about vision therapy is sourced. The recommendations made in a 2009 Joint Statement and subsequent 2011 Joint Technical Report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is in short incomplete and contradictory. Please include Dr. Bauernfiend's objective review with other information available to make a fully informed choice of vision therapy for your family, student or patient.
Referenced articles in the open letter:
Joint Statement-Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision
Joint Technical Report-Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision
Dr. Kushner Editorial
CITG reply to Kushner
Dr. Wallace Editorial
CITG reply to Wallace
Below are summaries of research and articles published on optometric vision therapy.
Summary 1: This paper presents over 350 abstracts from 77 journals.
Summary 2: This is an additional 35 abstracts.
Summary 3: This is an additional 65 abstracts.