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Behavioral optometry

Timaon Wednesday, June 12 2013, 06:41 AM
Hi Dr Joel
My 8 yr old son has difficulty comprehending and I have also noticed that he skips words, lines and is generally apprehensive about reading and writing. He is generally okay with decoding words but grasping what is in front of him seems to be the problem. We took him to the pediatric neurologist who diagnosed him with ADD and suggested Ritalin but I was hesitant to put him on stimulants and instead he is on a proprietary medical food for ADD called Vayarin, it is basically fish oil in a form that easily crosses the blood brain barrier. Moreover, he is on a program called LearningRx more information about his program can be obtained from http://www.learningrx.com/
Easyreadsystem did an online assessment and said that he may have eyetracking difficulty. Would he benefit from being assessed by a behavioral optometrist. If so, approximately how much would the initial assessment cost? and how do I find a Behavioral optometrist in my area [Atlanta, GA, USA].
  • Replied by bluesongson Wednesday, June 12 2013, 07:36 AM·Hide·#1
    Hi Tima -

    You might want to copy and paste this post into a comment underneath Dr Joel's...(the other thread in this category). That way he will be sure to see it!

    -Sarah at HECTR
  • Replied by DrBouleton Thursday, June 13 2013, 09:17 AM·Hide·#2
    Vision is at the top of the heap when it comes to gathering input in the classroom. The diagnosis of ADHD is a tired old story: It's easy to prescribe meds, but very few MD's will even consider that vision has something to do with poor reading/comprehension and difficult behavior. Meds are toxic, vision care is not. Meds are limiting and create dependency, vision rehab provides lifelong advantages. If your child is struggling to the point you will consider meds, you must see a developmental optometrist. See http://www.oepf.org for a listing.
    Replied by drjoelon Thursday, June 13 2013, 08:57 PM·Hide·#3
    Hi Tima,
    It appears that your child has a visual dysfunction. If you compare symptoms of ADD and Visual Dysfunction, they are exactly the same, except for the fact that ADD kids have their symptoms throughout environments; home, school, play, while visual dysfunction is specific to a task. The more visually demanding the task, the more the inattentive behavior. Run, don't walk to a behavioral optometrist, before taking medication or over the counter supplements. To locate a behavioral optometrist in your area, go to COVD, College of Optometrists in Vision Development. If you have specific questions about optometrists in your area, please feel free to contact me at 516 869 87178. Cost is dependent on the practitioner you choose.
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    Dr. Joel H. Warshowsky
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