Parents and educators, please be mindful that dyslexia is not a visual problem. Don’t get drawn into the unsupported use of coloured lenses and behavioral optometry as a ‘quick fix’ for dyslexia.
It is a travesty that some schools are recommending this approach to parents, rather than offering evidence based interventions.
Primary dyslexia and learning disabilities are complex neurocognitive conditions and are not caused by vision problems. 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.”