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Vision and Dyslexia Not Linked

Boy sits next to man who is reading a book

People often wonder if there is any connection between dyslexia and vision problems.  A new research study that appeared in the June 6th issue of Neuron documents that visual system function should not a have a role in the diagnosis or treatment of dyslexia. The study found that visual problems noted in people with dyslexia likely are a result of the learning disorder rather than the cause. Guinevere Eden, director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center, was a senior study author and she writes: "By ruling out the visual center as a culprit, the new study provides more support to the already popular theory that dyslexia occurs because of weaknesses in the part of the brain that deals with language."