Medical Minute 12-23: Vision Revision for ADHD Diagnosis

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Once she starts reading, Katy Kluck can't stop. So mom was puzzled when Katy started struggling with schoolwork.

"I couldn't really focus because there were so many questions on the page," says Katy.

"Once they heard that Katy could not focus immediately they said well, she has an A.D.D. problem," says Katy's mom, Ann Kluck.

Afraid of using meds, Ann did some research, which led her to an optometrist.

"One of the questions we ask parents is to decide whether it's an organic attention problem or maybe more related to a vision problem," says Daniel Press, OD., a developmental optometrist.

Exams found Katy's eyes didn't work well together, the words moved and turned blurry.

She kicked-off eight months of vision therapy. It's a workout using computer gaming, training the brain to use both eyes together.

"One of the eyes sees the red target, the other one only sees the blue target so if you're going to do this well you have to use both eyes well together," says Daniel.

The American Academy of Pediatrics vision experts say 60-percent of kids labeled as problem learners, actually suffer from undetected vision problems. But some have doubts. The American Academy of Pediatrics says vision therapy may give parents and teachers a false sense of security that a child's problems are being addressed.

Caroline Moore says vision therapy worked for her. "My grades skyrocketed back up!"

So did Katy's. "It makes me feel good because I'm getting good grades."

Lack of proof or legit solution? One mom found the answer in her child's eyes.

For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Daniel Press, OD
Family Eyecare Associates, P.C.

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