Does your child wear glasses? If so, has he or she ever complained of a headache that improved by a change in lens prescription? That would be very rare, at least according to a “study” presented at the meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If this sounds suspicious to you, it should.
Here is the press release on the subject from the AAO, and it should be clear why its conclusion misses the boat. The biggest problem: the study was retrospective. The AAO has railed for years against clinical interventions such as optometric vision therapy because there isn’t sufficient scientific evidence in its favor. What constitutes scientific evidence? Prospective studies. But hold on a minute … this press release claims clear evidence that vision or eye problems are rarely the cause of headaches, and that there is no correlation between the need for glasses and headaches. And what kind of study is the AAO citing as clear evidence? Retrospective!
Sounds like something fishy going here, doesn’t it? You bet. This is little more than a concerted effort by the AAO to convince the public that glasses are being prescribed needlessly. The press release emphasizes the hope that this study will help reassure parents that in most cases their children’s headaches are not related to vision or eye problems, and that most headaches will clear up in time.
Beware of the slippery slope …