Dr. Rick -- Responding to your follow-up email I received today:
I appreciate your answer and did make a contribution, however small, to the cause. I have asked more questions of other professionals, and I do appreciate your input. Based on my now more-educated information, I am proceeding with the vision therapy with the optometrist. Your perspective is understandable based on what you know and your own experience, but I'm sure you would admit that you certainly don't and can't possibly know everything.
It does seem, however, that you are strongly biased to the knowledge base of a physician-only approach to my daughter's issue. Contrary to your advice, I do believe that my optometrist seeks the best interest of my daughter and is not "pushing eye therapy." I don't believe that she will continue to "bill me for therapy as long as I am willing to keep paying."
I do not have unlimited financial resources to seek and pay for the additional consultations with the specialists you recommend. Nor do I have the time to wait the months it takes to get an appointment with said specialists. It seems you have little or no faith in the advice of the optometrist, who from what I can determine is the real expert in this matter.
Just as I would favor your opinion in regard to a matter or eye surgery
, I am going to favor the opinion of this optometrist in regard to my daughter's visual function or lack thereof. If the therapy is not producing the results we seek, I'll exercise my parental judgement to terminate such treatment accordingly.
But I cannot state strongly enough, in my diplomatic way, my disappointment in the narrow-mindedness of your opinion as well as my offense at your lack of faith in my parental ability to make health choices for my daughter. To me, something "smells fishy" about you.