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JIM CURRAN
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Eye Problems

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:09 am

Are weak eye muscles holding your child back at school?
By Jerome Burne
Last updated at 8:40 AM on 15th September


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... z0RF8JNZHI

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... chool.html

Rod Everson
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Post by Rod Everson » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:52 pm

An interesting article, Jim. What surprised me was the claim that most major hospitals there have an orthoptist on staff. Here's the relevant quote:
In fact, orthoptists are a secret treasure. You can find one in nearly every major hospital, they are used to dealing with children and they will treat you on the NHS. And yet too few teachers and even fewer parents are aware they exist or know what they offer.
(Just to indicate how little is known of orthoptists, incidentally, the spell checker that is integrated into the posting process of this site treats it as a misspelled word--if I were a user of emoticons, this is where I would put one.)

In any case, it would appear to me that residents of Great Britain have access to vision therapy to a degree that surprises me. Parents should be made aware of that, if it is the case. Does anyone know more on the availability of orthoptists there?

Dr. Nadia Northway, an orthoptist who is quoted in the article, has a video presentation on the web concerning vision therapy at: http://www.dyslexiatransition.org/Site/Nadia.php. Part 17 is particularly interesting.

Rod Everson

Judy
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Post by Judy » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:01 pm

I live in a small town in Wales but we have a major hospital and one of my pupils was treated for convergence insufficiency there free of charge and it seemed to help a lot. He was referred by his GP (family doctor).

I think it's not only parents who need to know - I don't think all GPs are aware either. Another of my pupils showed all the same symptoms, if anything worse, but her GP didn't refer her so she still struggles.

Rod Everson
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Post by Rod Everson » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:56 pm

Judy wrote:
I think it's not only parents who need to know - I don't think all GPs are aware either. Another of my pupils showed all the same symptoms, if anything worse, but her GP didn't refer her so she still struggles.
And unfortunately all of those GPs will have the AAP policy statement that we discussed on another thread to support their decisions not to refer.

Rod

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