Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis in children and adults. This condition is characterized by behavioral problems like poor attention (inattention), poor self-control (impulsivity) with or without the ability to sit still (hyperactivity). However, children and adults are often misdiagnosed with ADHD when a vision condition is at the core of these behavior problems.
Within the classroom, 80% of learning comes through our visual system. That means a significant portion of a student’s ability to succeed relies on their vision system working correctly. If visual skills are highly developed, reading and learning can become effortless. However, when learning becomes difficult, frustrations during homework may surface as well as poor attention/concentration.
In fact, vision conditions share 15 out of the 18 symptoms used to diagnose ADHD. Since these behaviors are commonly linked with ADHD, many doctors may misdiagnose a patient with ADHD and exclude other crucial testings, like a developmental vision evaluation.
These symptoms typically include:
- Poor attention and concentration
- Slow at completing tasks
- Poor reading abilities
- Problems with math
- Poor handwriting skills
- Skipping lines while reading
- Letter or number reversals
- Eye discomfort
- Motion sickness
- Double vision
- Poor tracking
- Visual confusion
- Head tilting
- Closing an eye while reading
The most common vision conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed as ADHD are:
- Accommodative Dysfunction
- Convergence Insufficiency
- Oculomotor Dysfunction
- Post-Concussion Vision Syndrome
- Visual Processing Disorder
When vision problems exist that lead to ADHD behaviors, developmental vision therapy/rehabilitation can resolve or significantly improve the vision problems experienced by the patient.
At Wow Vision Therapy, we are a leading developmental and rehabilitative vision therapy practice. Our doctors and board-certified vision therapists treat vision problems with intensive office-based vision therapy for more effective results. We address vision problems with a personalized approach. Each session is one-on-one (therapist-to-patient), conducted under doctor supervision. Our providers utilize the latest technology and methods, including in-office and home-support virtual reality to develop binocular vision and depth perception, making treatment enjoyable and productive. Furthermore, our treatment is designed for all ages.
Our advanced treatment includes:
- Visual processing development
- Oculomotor therapy
- Accommodation “focusing” development
- Binocular vision therapy
- Visual imagery therapy
- Visual-motor integration development
- Visual-vestibular integration development
After treatment, our patients improve their:
- Academic performance
- Reading and handwriting
- Visual memory
- Work performance
- Attention and concentration
Over the course of his vision therapy, we saw major changes in Nasim’s behavior and attitudes. He wanted to play ball during recess (previously he refused to play any sport involving a ball). He was able to complete school assignments and homework without tears and procrastination. Now Nasim comes home from school and excitedly talks about what he’s learned that day.
Now that Sam has gone through vision therapy, his ADD symptoms are pretty much gone. He can sit still when he reads and seems actually to enjoy reading. His eyes are working together without blurriness. Overall, his vision and behavior have completely turned around, and we are just so excited for him going into his 3rd-grade year of school this fall.
Vision Therapy has been the best gift ever given to Madelyn and our family. Now Madelyn has more focus when she is working on something and can sit still for longer periods of time. Madelyn is now on track to be a successful First Grader, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. We are so blessed to find this place and would highly recommend Wow Vision Therapy to everyone.
We are all amazed at the results within such a shorty time. Her teacher said when she talked to us about her test scores that she has never seen such an improvement in such a short time and no medication all. Wow Vision Therapy changed Ella’s life, and she became her happy self again.
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The following links are to blog posts that feature more information:
Misdiagnosing Learning Disabilities | VisionHelp
Is it ADD or a Vision Problem? | Wow Vision Therapy
20/20 Isn't Everything - A Child's Vision Is Critical to Learning | Richard Maharaj
How 3D Movies Identify Vision Problems | Wow Vision Therapy