British Tracking and Reading Specialists
In Scotland, Dr. Alison Hood, who has now retired, was very expert and very helpful. Her successor can be contacted through the Nuffield Eye Hospital in Glasgow. You do not need to ask a GP to refer your child to the Nuffield – you can seek a private consultation without a reference from a medical doctor.
In the South of England, Keith Holland, in Cheltenham, is an optometrist (optician) with a special interest in tracking problems. I have heard very good things about him and his web-site is extremely useful:
He also contributes to another site full of information about dyslexia and dyspraxia:
The British and Irish Society of Orthoptists holds a list of all the specialists who can deal with this sort of problem but, at present, will not release it to me for publication. I don’t quite understand why. Contact them at:
and ask if they will tell you who, in your particular area, might be able to diagnose and treat this type of visual disorder.
Educational psychologists all over Britain will know about tracking problems and some may be very expert in diagnosing and treating the problem (especially when it is not extreme and severe.)
Others may conflate this problem with other processing problems, for which there are many, many causes.
State schools may be better at spotting and dealing with this problem than private schools – it is difficult to generalise.
But lots of teachers and lots of experts seem to be muddling up tracking problems with dyslexia (‘reading and writing problems without an obvious cause’) – it is important not to make this easy and lazy confusion.
Tracking seems to be an eye problem, probably caused by musculature malfunctions.
There are also processing and thinking problems, problems ‘behind the eyes’, which cause dyslexia and educational under-performance of various different types.