By aitkineyeca32139567, Nov 11 2019 02:00PM
Behavior Disorder or Vision Problem?
If you are concerned your child may be suffering from ADD/ADHD, make sure he or she is screened for vision disorders first. Undetected vision problems can masquerade as ADD/ADHD because symptoms can be very similar.
For example, children who suffer from hyperopia (far-sightedness), eye focusing disorders, or eye teaming disorders will display many of the same warning signs as children who suffer from ADD or ADHD.
When a child is unable to focus properly or control his or her eye movements, it becomes difficult to focus on print while reading or using a computer. As a child, this type of eyestrain can become extremely frustrating, resulting in an avoidance of these tasks. So when your child is getting out of his or her seat, taking frequent bathroom breaks, or just generally moving around and fidgeting, he or she could actually be taking a “vision break.”
Children may not understand that they are seeing anything unusual because it’s normal to them, which is why they could have difficulty communicating that they are having difficulty reading or seeing correctly. This is why scheduling an eye exam to rule out vision disorders is essential before seeking an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Glasses or eye exercises can relieve the problem.
If your child is struggling in school and you are concerned that ADD/ADHD may be a problem, schedule an eye exam with us first. It could be that a vision problem is contributing to his or her behavioral struggles.