Can Your Child's Vision Affect an ADHD Diagnosis Image

Can Your Child’s Vision Affect an ADHD Diagnosis?

Can Your Child's Vision Affect an ADHD Diagnosis ImageAccording to a recent Denver Channel article, approximately 4.5 million children in the United States were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Anyone who is a parent knows how hard it is to get kids to pay attention sometimes, but sometimes I feel as if an ADHD diagnosis is not the right answer. A new study agrees, showing that over one million of those kids might have been misdiagnosed. (That’s over 20 percent!)

Vision Issues or ADHD?

One concerned mom was wondering why her daughter was having so much trouble with her schoolwork, since she loved reading so much. After an initial visit to a doctor, when she told them that she couldn’t focus on all of the questions on the page, they immediately assumed that she had an ADHD problem.

However, fearful of needlessly putting her daughter on medications, she did some research on her own which eventually led her to an optometrist. The eye doctor found that the problem was not an attention deficit problem at all. It was a vision problem!

The girl’s eyes did not work well together, the words moved and the page would always be blurry. And here’s the best part. Instead of repeating the mistake of putting a band aid on the problem (in this case prescribing eyeglasses), the girl’s mother and doctor decided to fix the problem itself with vision training.

And after eight months of training, the young girl was able to focus and learn as well as any of her peers in school! No medications or prescriptions necessary, just a focused proven plan to strengthen her vision.

The Real Problem

Vision experts believe that 60 percent of kids who are labeled as ‘problem learners’ are suffering from vision problems rather than some form of Attention Deficit Disorder. That’s an incredibly high number, and makes me think of all of the adults I have known in my life who also seem to have trouble concentrating on things.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple permanent solution that didn’t involve medication to help with concentration?

Well, if you have had trouble concentrating when doing school or office work and have considered that you might have ADD, you owe it to yourself to find out if you may actually be suffering from a vision problem.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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One response to “Can Your Child’s Vision Affect an ADHD Diagnosis?”

  1. Avatar for Sandra Sandra says:

    This is exactly my son’s problem, last year I asked the school to do the tests because the poor grades and lack of motivation my son shown at age 17, and he was diagnosed with ADHD but my son has Amblyopia and is almost legally blind in one eye, also that could be the factor, they did not link one to another.

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