The College of Optometrists

Principles of examining patients with specific learning difficulties

You should ensure you have the necessary training in the techniques required to examine patients with these difficulties.
Patients with specific learning difficulties may have co-occurring visual or orthoptic problems that require treatment. You should explore visual problems by means of a thorough eye examination.
Treating conventional optometric or orthoptic problems may alleviate the patient’s visual symptoms, but you should not claim that this treats the specific learning difficulty.
You should carry out all tests necessary to satisfy yourself of the appropriateness of any intervention prescribed.

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