Vision therapy is an evidence-based science with over 260 published articles on its effectiveness.
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1. Clinical Trial of Treatments for Convergence Insufficiency in Children
Conclusion: Office-based vision therapy is an effective treatment for children with Convergence Insufficiency.
Published by: Mitchell Scheiman, OD; Susan Cotter, OD, MS; G. Lynn Mitchell, MAS; Marjean Kulp, OD, MS; Michael Rouse, OD, MEd; Richard Hertle, MD; and Maryann Redford, DDS, MPH. ‘Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) Study Group. A randomized clinical trial of treatments for convergence insufficiency in children. Archives of Ophthalmology 2005’; 123:14-24.
2. Best Treatment Determined for Childhood Eye Problem
Conclusion: 75 percent of the children who had weekly office-based vision therapy experienced significant improvement in their convergence in 12 weeks.
Published by: Mayo Clinic: ‘Best Treatment Determined for Childhood Eye Problem’ : Treatment of Convergence Insufficiency with Vision Therapy.
3. Effective Treatment Identified for Common Childhood Vision Disorder
Conclusion: Vision Therapy is effective treatment for a common childhood eye coordination problem called convergence insufficiency.
Published by: National Eye Institute, ‘More Effective Treatment Identified for Common Childhood Vision Disorder’: Evidence-Based Treatment for Convergence Insufficiency
4. Effective Treatment of Convergence Insufficiency (CI)
Summary: Although CI is quite common, with reported rates of prevalence ranging up to 13%, this pilot study by Scheiman and colleagues does move forward our understanding of the treatment of this disorder.
Published by: Kushner Burton J. ‘The Treatment of Convergence Insufficiency. Archives of Ophthalmology 2005’, 123:100-101. Complete article – PDF version
5. Study Reveals Developmental Mechanisms of Eye Movement
Conclusion: Genes linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other developmental brain abnormalities, may be playing a role in people who cannot control their eye movements.
Published by: National Eye Institute: Autism and Eye Movements, 2019: Autism linked to Eye Movement Control
6. The Amblyopia Treatment Studies: Implications for Clinical Practice
Conclusion: Patching times for amblyopia can be reduced and still achieve a similar visual improvement.
Published by: Angela M. Chen, Susan A. Cotter: Adv Ophthalmol Optom. 2016 Aug’ The Amblyopia Treatment Studies: Implications for Clinical Practice’; Amblyopia Treatment Studies.
7. Vision, Learning, and Dyslexia
Summary: A policy statement that addresses important issues regarding the identification and treatment process for individuals with learning-related vision problems and dyslexia.
A Joint Organizational Policy Statement of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association. ‘Vision, Learning, and Dyslexia’. 1997. Complete article – PDF version
8. Research on the Efficacy of Vision Therapy for Specific Visual Dysfunctions
Finding: Optometric and ophthalmological research supports the efficacy of vision therapy for treatment of the visual dysfunctions discussed in this article.
Published by: Cooper, Jeffrey. Summary of Research on the Efficacy of Vision Therapy for Specific Visual Dysfunctions. Adapted from The Journal of Behavioral Optometry 1998; 9(5):115-119. Complete article – PDF version
9. A Joint Organizational Policy Statement of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association
Summary: A policy statement describing the goals of a vision therapy program, and its effectiveness for treatment of a wide variety of vision conditions.
A Joint Organizational Policy Statement of The American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association. ‘Vision Therapy: Information for Health Care and Other Allied Professionals’. 1999. Complete article – PDF version
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