Let’s begin with one of the research presentations: Changes in Reading Performance in School-aged Children with Symptomatic Convergence Insufficiency after Treatment with Vision Therapy. The study was conducted by the CITT group, and presented by its Prinicipal Investigator, Dr. Mitchell Scheiman. We’ve known for some time, thanks to the work pioneered by Dr. Harold Solan and colleagues,that visual attention therapy has a direct benefit on reading and comprehension, as previously reviewed on our blog by Dr. Barry Tannen.The results of this phase of the CITT study were compelling.
The scores on the Conners 3 ADHD Index showed a highly statistically significant improvement (p < 0.0001) in behaviors following treatment. Of particular note, those with higher scores at baseline, in other words the children with more severe ADHD, showed the largest improvement in attention through therapy for convergence insufficiency. So now we have two converging lines of evidence indicating a strong link between optometric vision therapy and improved visual attention. This link is so compelling that the CITT multicenter group will pursue another gold standard study to confirm it.