Parents and educators, please be mindful that dyslexia is not a visual problem, it’s phonological and orthographic. Dyslexia and learning disabilities are complex neurocognitive conditions. Don’t get drawn into ‘quick fixes’. Students need structured, multisensory language instruction. Schools need to offer evidence based interventions.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) supports and concurs with the comprehensive policy document Joint Statement: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision which was reaffirmed in 2014 by the AAO, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). This Joint Statement states that “It is important that any therapy for learning disabilities be scientifically established to be valid before it can be recommended for treatment.”