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Focal Points 2018 Module: Dyslexia and the Ophthalmologist

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Focal Points 2018 Module: Dyslexia and the Ophthalmologist

Focal Points 2018 Module: Dyslexia and the Ophthalmologist
Dyslexia is a common and lifelong language-based learning disability that can be detected as early as kindergarten. An ophthalmologist is often the first professional asked to evaluate the child who is experiencing difficulties learning to read.

Although it is not up to the ophthalmologist to make the diagnosis, an understanding of dyslexia can help identify dyslexic children. This Focal Points module reviews the defining characteristics, epidemiology and genetic factors of dyslexia.

Ophthalmologists are in a unique position to treat ocular problems that might contribute to difficulty reading, educate caregivers regarding dyslexia and direct families to specialists for evidence-based evaluation and treatment.


Complete this module to:

  • List the key features of dyslexia.
  • Discuss the myths regarding vision and dyslexia.
  • Discuss the controversial dyslexia theories and treatments.
  • Perform an ophthalmic evaluation on a patient with reading difficulties.
  • Counsel parents regarding the appropriate evaluations and treatments for dyslexia.

Authors: Sheryl M. Handler, MD, FAAO, FAAP
Consultants: David B. Granet, MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP; Darren L. Hoover, MD

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CME Information
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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