Attention Deficit Disorder

ADD/ADHD, Attention Disorders, Eyesight, Vision, Diagnosis, Treatments

ADHD and Eyes Video: Interview with an Eye Doctor about Underlying Eyes and Vision Problems that are not fixed by Glasses or Medication in Children Who Are Diagnosed or Misdiagnosed as ADHD, Dyslexia (Dylexic), or other Learning Disabilities.
San Diego Living with Correspondent, Greg Phillips and Dr. Carl Hillier, FCOVD

“Children who are suspected or diagnosed with ADHD or other learning disabilities need to have comprehensive Eye/Vision examination, including testing of nearpoint or near vision, eye tracking, convergence, depth perception, etc.

Video: Children with Vision Problems Who Are Misdiagnosed with ADHD – 20/20 Eyesight is Not Enough for Attention and Reading for School – Vision Therapy Helps!
CNN Report by Correspondent, Thelma Gutierrez
“Teachers often suggest to parents that a child with attention problems in school be tested for ADHD, but many times an eyesight problem that is not be detected by the standard 20/20 eye chart is the real cause of the child’s school and behavior problems.

Video: Eye Screenings with the Standard 20/20 Eye Chart Are Not Sufficient for Ruling Out Vision Problems in Children Who Are Having Attention or ADHD Problems
Fox News With Dr. Andrea Thau
“Teachers often suggest to parents that a child with attention problems in school be tested for ADHD, but many times an eyesight problem that is not be detected by the standard 20/20 eye chart is the real cause of the child’s school and behavior problems.

Video: How to Detect Signs and Symptoms of Eye Problems that Can Cause Many Children’s Problems with Attention, Reading, Behavior, including Suspected or Diagnosed ADHD
News 12 New Jersey with Correspondent Bryan Jenkins and Dr. Leonard Press, FCOVD, former President of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians

“Five of the symptoms of A.D.H.D. [ADHD] overlap with Convergence Insufficiency…”
New York Times Health by Laura Novak
“Doctors and teachers often attribute the behavior to attention deficit disorders…Everyone is familiar with A.D.H.D. and A.D.D., but not with eye problems, especially not with convergence insufficiency. But we don’t want to send kids for remedial reading and education efforts if they have an eye problem. This should be part of the protocol for eye doctors.”

The Relationship between Convergence Insufficiency and ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorders
David B. Granet, MD FACS FAAO FAAP…
Ratner Children’s Eye Center, University of California

Doctors at Children ‘s Eye Center have found an intriguing relationship between a common eye disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Research reported in Strabismus 2005 Dec;13(4):163-8.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
A Developmental Approach
by Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed.

Some symptoms attributed to ADD/ADHD are also seen in children and adults with visual problems, sensory integration dysfunction and/or allergies.

Parents’ Stories: Child’s Eye Problems Misdiagnosed as ADD-ADHD
I wish we had detected this problem sooner…”
Thank God we continued to search for an answer…”

Eye Problems Sometimes Mistaken For Learning Disabilities
“Some kids are labeled as learning disabled, ADD or ADHD, or some are just labeled as lazy, they don’t want to do the work. The child could act up in school because it’s hard for them to concentrate up close, hard for them to focus, hard to keep their eyes on the page,” said Dr. Ida Chung.

Optometrist Treats “ADD” With Vision Therapy
by KCTV 5 News, Kansas City
Bazin said double vision was a common symptom of ADD kids. “All their energy physiologically is going into keeping it clear and single, so they don’t have the brain energy to process the information,” Bazin said.

ADD/ADHD, Vision and Learning
Comments on undetected vision problems
by Dr. Donald J. Getz

Children with undetected vision problems are sometimes inaccurately diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD.

Choosing an Eye Doctor
Making the Right Choice
by Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed.

Educators discuss the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists and how visual problems can contribute to difficulties with development, learning and reading.

LD, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia
Questions for Your Eye Doctor
by Allen and Virginia Crane

A checklist for screening a potential eye doctor.

Vision and Learning Disabilities
American Optometric Association
Vision therapy is effective in the treatment of physiological, neuromuscular and perceptual dysfunctions of the vision system.

ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia
Vision Screening of At-Risk Students
The Journal of Behavioral Optometry

Statistical analysis revealed that students who were academically or behaviorally at risk scored significantly lower on vision tests.

Adult ADD: Common disorder or marketing ploy?
“I am worried that what you’re going to do is generate a disease rather than respond to a problem,” said Art Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. … [Dr. Edward] Hallowell, previously a paid consultant to Eli Lilly, said many people in today’s hurried world may look like they have ADD when they really don’t.

With CHADD’s Help: Huge Increase in Ritalin Use
CHADD Receives Funding from Makers of Ritalin
This Special PBS Report exposed the connection between Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), makers of methylphenidate or Ritalin, and CHADD, a non-profit parenting support group which strongly advocates the use of (ritalin).

United Nations Warning on Ritalin Use
The United Nations requested all Governments to exercise utmost vigilance in preventing the overdiagnosing of ADD and any medically-unjustified treatment with methylphenidate (Ritalin) and other stimulants. The World Health Organization (WHO) was asked to investigate and provide expertise to national public health authorities.

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