About Vision Therapy

Facts and Fallacies, by VisionHelp, is a site that provides accurate information about vision therapy.  Written by leading optometric experts in the field of developmental vision, Facts and Fallacies is dedicated to debunking the myths and misrepresentations about vision therapy that occur in the media or through misinformed professionals and other groups.

 

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REALITY CHECKS

The Snake Oil Myth

The Expensive Treatment Myth

The expensive treatment myth

Claim

Vision Therapy is a very expensive, too costly to be worth the expense

 

Status

False and misleading

 

Origin

Therapies improve function in many areas such as: vision, speech, auditory processing, sensory integration, education, gross motor, fine motor, neurofeedback, attention and behavior. A group of doctors and educators purposefully decided to discourage patients from seeking care for visual brain based learning problems by calling it very expensive.

 

The Myth and the Media

Judith Warner, a journalist with the New York Times, authored a book this year in which she wrote: “There are optometrists claiming they can "cure" ADHD, learning issues and dyslexia through eye exercises, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics, among other doctors' groups, has repeatedly declared that vision problems are not the primary cause of learning disabilities and that vision therapy is a waste of time and money.”

 

Evidence Against the Expensive Treatment Myth :

A variety of therapies improve function in many areas such as speech, auditory processing, sensory integration (OT), motor (PT), education, neurofeedback, attention, and behavior.


All of the above mentioned therapies are comparable in hourly fees. They differ dramatically, however, in duration of treatment and therefore the total treatment cost. Optometric vision therapy typically takes a fraction of the sessions the other therapies require to complete (20-60 visits in most cases).


In addition, patients and parents of patients report seeing improvements 6-10 weeks after treatment is undertaken. The greatest benefit to the patient of retraining the visual brain is it accelerates their progress in the other concurrent therapies.


In conclusion, optometric vision therapy can dramatically reduce the overall cost to helping the child become successful in school. In over viewing therapies, Carol Stock Kranowitz, a widely respected authority in education and human development, provides unbiased evidence of the value of vision therapy.


The online comments following the New York Times Sunday Magazine article by Judith Warner which reflected in part the bias displayed in her book comments above was overwhelmingly disputed by the majority of respondents who supported the value of their investment in vision therapy.

 

Sources

Warner J. We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010. p, 223.

 

Kranowitz CS. The Out-of-Sync Child. New York: Perigee 2005. p. 152-173; 216 and 222.

 

New York Times Sunday Magazine Article Online Comments: CLICK HERE TO VIEW