Dyslexia and Learning Disorders
For most optometrists the symptoms presented by patients with learning disorders are likely to be referred to as dyslexia. These symptoms may be varied, and the optometrist must be able to explore all avenues to eliminate the involvement of the eyes as a contributing factor to learning dysfunctions.
Dyslexia is probably one of the most researched topics for academic purposes, and because of its severe impact on the lives of many in the UK, both physically and psychologically. Ironically, the concept of dyslexia is probably one of the most elusive in educational psychology. It is difficult to pin it down and provide an exact definition that educational psychologists and other practitioners can agree on, even at the best of times.
Yet, the need to understand why some children find reading and writing difficult, yet show remarkable intelligence in art or maths, steadily continues to grow in both the scientific and medical worlds. There are many theories, assessments and solutions that have been devised to alleviate the symptoms of dyslexia, each one unique to the aspect of dyslexia it is associated with. The key is simply to identify where the problem lies, so the appropriate treatment can then be given for it.