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Does my Child Have Dyslexia?

Published on
August 12, 2022

A person with developmental dyslexia (DD) has severe and persistent problems in learning to read skills. This impairment is not associated with mental age, vision acuity difficulties, or inadequate education.There are an estimated 3.5 percent of students with reading disorders receiving special education services.  

While dyslexia and vision are not related, there is a common theme in that both of them show similar symptoms. And therefore many students who have difficulty with reading are assumed to be dyslexic when in fact they are dealing with a vision issue. Aproximately 15% or more of children will have a developmental vision problem that is severe enough to impact their ability to read. 

This is why we strongly urge parents to bring their child for a developmental vision evaluation if they suspect or were diagnosed with Dyslexia. In that way they can rule out that the symptoms that they are seeing are not vision related. 

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability that is particularly known for affecting reading and spelling. It affects the brain, not the eyes, and is highly genetic. Dyslexia has numerous types and can vary widely in severity. Basically, dyslexia is a problem with matching visual and auditory information, also known as decoding.

Many students report that they have difficulty decoding and encoding, which means they can look at the word and come up with the right spelling, but do not understand what it means. Such individuals fall into the category of being dyslexic, as it is a common symptom of dyslexia. However, it is necessary to conduct all the additional tests that can help determine if it's dyslexia or if it's a problem with decoding or encoding. It could also be a vision issue.

Why is a comprehensive eye exam vital for a dyslexic patient?

Some patients have dyslexia but are told by their eye doctor that they need an eye exam even if they have dyslexia. It is very important for a child to undergo a developmental eye examination because it will allow them to determine if they have visual problems that might interfere with their understanding of their learning, or if they have body-vision problems that may make it difficult to understand orientation and relate to letters and numbers.

Schedule a developmental eye exam

Having your child's eyes examined is recommended if they have dyslexia or if you suspect that they have dyslexia. Our optometrists have helped children from all over Los Angeles who are struggling with reading and classroom performance by identifying underlying vision problems that are causing their difficulties. Most optometrists do not perform developmental eye exams, so finding a specialist is necessary to determine the cause of their symptoms and the best treatment options. If you would like to schedule a developmental eye exam with us, please call (562) 925-6591.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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