Opthamologists vs Optometrists for kid's reading 'issues'
Love to have some of your perspectives on this topic, as I am sure others here have been "there" before me!
After a visit to an optometrist at Costco, who gave a very thorough exam with dilation, etc, we have discovered that DD, aged 10, has "convergence insufficiency". This means when looking a smallish text, some letters sort of float off and the proper order cannot be discerned. This also seems to affect her math. Great concentration is needed to straighten all this out in her mind, with the result that she "hates" to read, makes many errors (esp when reading the instructions) and it even affects her ability to catch a ball (doesn't bring her hands together). Oddly, she can play piano like nobody's business! She also is a good student, well behaved in the classroom, volunteers to read aloud in every class, does her homework without parental involvement, etc. So basically, we really weren't aware of a "problem" and DD never complained of this, thinking that this is what everyone else saw when they looked at a paper.
Referral to an optomentrist for Vision Therapy has been met with skepticism by the primary care doc (will give referral to pediatric opthamologist instead), and in any event, these services are not covered by insurance. She does not need corrective lenses.
Anyone been there, done that? It seems that these two types of eye professionals have very different orientations and training. I hate to put DD through another eye exam if the opthamologist will have no other ideas than "pencil push-ups"!