Early Detection and Support for ADHD-Related Vision Challenges: A Critical Role for behavioural optometrists.

ADHD is an important topic. Personally, I have met friends who have teenage kids with vision challenges related to their attention. They didn’t identify it until high school age. The reality is that it can be supported much earlier so that kids can experience more academic success and self-esteem. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 10% of school-aged children in the United States. Children with ADHD have difficulty with impulse control, attention span, and hyperactivity. For parents and caregivers, recognizing the signs and symptoms of ADHD in children is crucial in order for them to receive the appropriate support needed to thrive academically and socially. In my personal experience, I have seen the profound impact of ADHD in the lives of teenage children who have not been diagnosed until high school age.

Early Intervention Strategies for ADHD: Empowering Children to Reach Their Potential with behavioural optometry Support

Many of these children struggle with poor academic performance, low self-esteem, and difficulty building positive relationships with peers. However, there are strategies and interventions that can be implemented at an earlier age to help children with ADHD manage their symptoms and improve academic outcomes. These may include behavioural interventions, such as positive reinforcement and organizational strategies, as well as medication management with the guidance of a medical professional. Moreover, raising awareness about ADHD and its early identification is essential in providing children with the support they need to overcome the challenges associated with the disorder. As a society, it is our responsibility to empower families and educators to recognize early signs of ADHD, as well as to provide resources that can aid in the successful management of the disorder. Only then can we ensure that children with ADHD can reach their full potential both academically and personally.

<em><u>ADHD</u></em> and Vision Problems: 3 Things You Need to Know

behavioural optometrist Highlights Link Between Vision and ADHD Symptoms

Here are the top three things she wants people to know about how vision correlates with ADHD. It is great to raise awareness for challenges that may bring up obstacles to attention and learning that can be addressed but are often overlooked. Often, patients with attention problems have obstacles that include vision problems that can be addressed to bring attention problems to a more manageable level. The first thing to point out is that the symptoms of eye teaming problems, such as convergence insufficiency, are readily treated and remediable. convergence insufficiency has received the most press, and several studies have identified it as a binocular vision or eye teaming problem. The thing is, the symptoms of convergence insufficiency that affect learning are extremely similar to the symptoms of ADHD. Many symptoms may include avoidance or difficulty with reading, staying attentive for a long period of time, and a tendency to avoid reading small print.

behavioural optometry: Understanding the Connection Between Vision Problems and Attention Issues in School-Aged Children

Usually, kids push back from a lot of near point work because they are physically uncomfortable. To know the symptoms of these vision problems and attention problems, it is important to understand that they often look the same in a population of kids who are in school and spending a lot of time trying to learn within their arm’s reach, basically to be able to read or attend on a computer. Therefore, it is very worthwhile to have an evaluation that can rule out the underlying vision problem.I want to add the caveat that regarding having that evaluation, a primary care optometrist may do a certain amount of screening, especially geared towards convergence insufficiency, if they have a family practice where they spend a lot of time with pediatrics. However, having an optometrist who specializes in pediatric-oriented work is definitely advisable for school-aged kids.

behavioural optometrist: Importance of Managing Near-Point Vision and learning Problems for Children with Attention Deficit and Vision Issues

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the health of the eye. And so, they may actually screen and evaluate that the eye is very healthy, but because they’re not managing the near-point vision and learning problems, oftentimes they may clear a patient as not really being treatable or not meeting or benefiting from glasses, that I may actually have a very different opinion. It’s not that they are wrong because they may have a different opinion. They have different training, so I’m not saying that that’s wrong, but sometimes that child may not need the glasses, but they may very much benefit from the glasses. So that’s an important difference that having a lens that lowers the demand makes things a lot easier. The second thing I’ll mention is really that the children who have both attention deficit and vision problems can reduce obstacles to that learning and reduced attention span with these appropriate glasses, supporting the near-point work and attention.

<em><u>ADHD</u></em> and Vision Problems: 3 Things You Need to Know

behavioural optometrists Identify Binocular Vision Problems in Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

There are binocular vision problems that look like attention deficit disorder, and kids who have both of those issues, both attention deficit and binocular vision problems, often can manage for a much longer time span when the vision problems get addressed. The third thing, which I think is the most valuable thing to take home, is that there is a single most common complaint among the children who have vision problems or the parents of the children who have a vision problem and also have attention problems in the classroom. These parents tell me that their child is smart in everything but school.”That is the main difference that tells me it may actually be a vision problem, and that attention may be affected as a byproduct. When you have a child who will sit for hours playing with Legos and creating whole cities, but then won’t sit and try to read a book, it sounds like there is a different challenge that is making it difficult to coordinate the eyes as a team on flat paper.

behavioural optometrists Highlight the Link Between Vision Problems and ADHD in Children

This is a very different scenario than working in three-dimensional space. Additionally, the attention it takes to do the building and create creative projects is one of the things that tips off other behavioural optometrists that there may be vision problems. This is really not an attention problem because we see that these kids can do well. If your child has ADHD, it’s worth ruling out vision problems. If your child is smart in everything but school, it’s also valuable to get an evaluation with a behavioural optometrist. At Eye CU, we have a heart for helping kids be successful to the best of their innate abilities. Independent studies show an enormous correlation between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and vision problems that are not correctable with glasses or contacts. This means functional vision problems, rather than just being nearsighted or farsighted.””So, those are the problems that have a very high correlation.

Visual Challenges in Functions Create Blockade for Children’s learning and Attention, Says behavioural optometrist

Whether it’s a tracking problem or an eye teaming problem, it’s not only convergence insufficiency, but any one of those visual challenges in functions really creates a blockade for kids who are otherwise eager to learn, curious, want to know about their world, want to be successful, want to do well, and feel good about themselves in the classroom. They would be happier getting attention for being really good and standing out than for being a distractor in the classroom. One question is, ‘Can a child still have 6/6 or 20/20 vision, and is that checking something different?’ Yes, it is. And yes, they can. In fact, kids with attention deficit problems usually have 20/20 vision because one of the reasons a child’s eyes may start to bias away from that is that they may redirect their attention towards seeing more intently at the near point and sitting and working really hard.

behavioural optometrists Address Vision Challenges in Children with Attention Issues

That may take them into the realm of becoming near-sighted. So, most of the kids who have an attention challenge are not getting their eyes geared towards sitting and focusing on books, for example. The 20/20 vision to distance is very typical. That means that all of the screenings that are done at the pediatrician where the eyes are fine may be true, that the eyeballs themselves are healthy, but that does nothing to screen for how the kids need to use their eyes in an interactive eye-hand coordination environment in the classroom.

Understanding the Limitations of Pediatric Vision Screenings: Insights from a behavioural optometrist

So, pediatric screening – I guess I would just want to point out this – 20/20 vision suggests that the eye is healthy because a healthy eye should be able to have 20/20 vision.””So, it’s not an unimportant thing to note because it suggests that the pathway is clean and clear. But beyond that, being able to spend as long as you want to read an eye chart, if you can get your eye on the chart long enough and see it across the room clearly, it really has very little to do with the skills that we use in school for shifting between the board and your notes, and back and forth, or for being able to track while reading while your eyes are also turned inwards. And that can be very uncomfortable. So, they’re really not the same kind of skills. And these skills are often not screened at a pediatrician’s office.

Early Detection of Vision Problems: The Role of behavioural optometrists in Infant Eye Evaluations.

They’re often not detected except in a very detailed school screening, usually if it’s run by an optometric organization that may change the bar. Most of the time, you really just need a comprehensive eye exam. At Eye CU, we start as young as infants. We do infant evaluations to rule out vision problems in my office. So, not that they need it yearly, but to make sure that there isn’t one eye that’s doing all the work for both eyes. That’s an important thing to start early.

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