AN OPTOMETRIST’S ROLE IN DYSLEXIA
Optometrists have been urged to adopt a “middle of the road” approach to their role in dyslexia. The call came from Professor Bruce Evans (pictured), during his packed CET presentation concluding the first day of 100% Optical (4–6 February, ExCeL London).
Professor Evans, director of research at the Institute of Optometry in London, began by highlighting to delegates at the show that dyslexia was an area that attracted controversy and polarised views.
There were the “zealots” who claimed that visual factors cause dyslexia, he told delegates, adding that on the other hand, there were “deviants” who said that vision was irrelevant to dyslexia. However, he preferred the middle ground that “visual problems can sometimes occur in dyslexia.”
“Evidence suggests that visual stress occurs in one in five people with dyslexia,” he said. “Most people with dyslexia don’t need visual treatment but eliminating any visual symptom is clearly going to be helpful,” he emphasised.