As vision care specialists, optometrists are often consulted when a child shows signs of reading difficulties which cannot be improved with standard remedial reading techniques. In many instances the child may have already been labeled as having "dyslexia" . Since this term is often abused, the optometrist should explore the problem and formulate his/her own diagnosis. This paper will give optometrists a working knowledge of how to help these children and how other professionals deal with reading difficulties. The role of the optometrist as a possible coordinator for this difficult diagnostic process which often involves many other professionals will be also be described.
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