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It's really difficult for a child in school if they can't read. They are often looked at as if they are dumb. They may not be. In fact, they may be really bright. But if you can't read, it's trouble. In fact, I have dyslexia and have always had difficulty reading. Many, well-meaning practitioners look to the eyes as the problem. American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, in their statement, said specifically, that there is no increased incidents in children who have trouble reading versus children who read at grade level. It is usually not an eye problem. It's a problem with them processing the words. In most cases, when they get the eye exam, it is going to be a normal exam. Those children that are having trouble reading, it is not their vision. It's the way they look at the words. In fact, they are usually very good at video games, so it is not their tracking. It is the processing of the written word into meaning.

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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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