Selective understanding (or selective reading... maybe they need VT too!). The American Academy of Pediatrics says in their statement
abstract that “Vision problems can interfere with the process of learning” and THEN goes on to cite that they are not the cause of dyslexia. Practitioners seem to go crazy with the second part (vision problems don't cause dyslexia!) but completely ignore the first part (vision problems can interfere with the process of learning
The AAP statement goes on to say the following:
“Children with learning disabilities should undergo assessments of their health, development, hearing, and vision and, when appropriate, medical and psychological interventions for associated and related treatable conditions.”
Absolutely they should.
Practitioners read this quote
“Diagnostic and treatment approaches that lack scientific evidence of efficacy, including eye exercises, behavioural vision therapy, or special tinted filters or lenses, are not endorsed and should not be recommended.”
and completely miss that this quote was in reference to using these types of treatment approaches for Dyslexia and learning disabilities...NOT that these treatment approaches never have scientific evidence. As the AAP statement goes on to say, there IS scientific evidence supporting this type of approach for convergence insufficiency (they cite 8 articles supporting them for this use). They state:
“The ophthalmologist should identify and treat any significant visual defect according to standard principles of treatment….Symptomatic convergence insufficiency can be treated with near-point exercises, prism-convergence exercises, or computer-based convergence exercises.”
The AAP statement further states that it’s important for children to have complete screenings because treatable conditions can be missed or a child could be misdiagnosed:
“The recommended routine pediatric vision screenings are unlikely to disclose near-vision problems such as convergence insufficiency, accommodative insufficiency, and significant hyperopia.”
“Treatable ocular conditions can include strabismus, amblyopia, convergence and/or focusing deficiencies, and refractive errors. Missing these problems could cause long-term consequences from assigning these patients to incorrect treatment categories.”
So...while I might take issue with some things the AAP statement says, it actually says children should be screened for these vision processing issues, and that regular eye exams won't catch the issues! The issues are treatable through vision therapy (as cited by the AAP's referenced articles).
If someone just read the text that comes up on a google search without actually reading what the AAP says though, they'd be sure to think it's all bunk.