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Has your child struggled with reading problems and glasses have failed to correct the problem? This can be a frustrating problem for families and children, and it can sometimes result from misunderstanding the core problem. If glasses don't help your child's reading improve, there may be a problem with the way that the child processes visual information.

The Problem is Unique

A problem with interpreting visual information is different from having a visual problem. In some cases, the child can have slight to no visual impairment and still be unable to identify shapes and letters. The problem isn't with the way that the brain processes the visual information, but with the psychology of how the brain interprets the letters. For instance, the brain may have trouble linking the visual image of a letter with the actual sound or meaning of the letter. 

This visual problem is also different from a learning disability. The child may perform very strongly in order areas of their school work, and they may even be talented in the language arts when the information is presented verbally. An interpreting problem is simply a missing link in the child's mind that can sometimes be corrected with visual therapy. 

What is Visual Therapy?

Visual therapy is intended to correct problems that people have with associating visual cues and their meanings. For children with reading problems, there are a number of activities that therapists can do to help. They may have the child do letter finding puzzles in order to strengthen the eye and mind's connection with the letters. Another activity would be to wear an eye patch on one eye or to wear tinted glasses while reading or locating letters. This can help the child learn to interpret hazy visual cues, and it is a good way to strengthen the associative part of the child's brain. 

Starting Visual Therapy for Reading

If a child comes to visual therapy in order to improve their reading skills, the therapist will start by creating a specialized action plan for the child, depending how strong the problem is. Therapy sessions may occur once or twice a week on an ongoing basis, until the child's reading shows improvement.

If glasses have not been a good solution for reading problems and you don't suspect a general learning disability, then visual therapy can be a great next step for helping your child excel at reading. Talk to a professional, and visit sites like, for more information about visual therapy and how it can help your child today.