August 20, 2014 11:25 AM Subscribe
Daughter's optometrist is pushing behavioral optometry testing and treatment. It sounded legit when she was discussing it with me, but the handout is setting off alarm bells, and Googling it isn't any more reassuring. Does anybody have any experience with/knowledge of this type of testing and treatment? Is the optometrist pushing alternative medicine at me?
posted by moira to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Every year, my 8-year-old daughter's optometrist asks if she is having trouble focusing in school. When I answered that she was having particular trouble this last year, she recommended a "Visual Efficiency Examination" and "Visual Perceptual Motor Testing," and discussed treatment for a possible vision processing disorder. The handout she gave me set off alarm bells when I saw the blurb about nutritional heavy metal detoxification, and when I looked up "behavioral optometry" and "vision therapy," I can't find that it's actually an evidence-based treatment.
For the record, I've just had her evaluated by a psychologist. No ADHD diagnosis, but is definitely a little behind on development in that area. It was recommended that I look into potential auditory processing issues, which I have planned.
(While I'm here asking about her optometrist, I may as well ask if a retinal scan is really necessary every year.)