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Medical research has shown that children with an eye-teaming problem (convergence insufficiency) are 3 times more likely to be labeled ADD.* Following is a list of signs or behaviors of vision problems that are very similar to the symptoms often associated with AD(H)D.

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.

  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.

  • Often does not listen when spoken to directly.

  • Often does not follow through on instructions or fails to finish work.

  • Often have difficulty organizing tasks and activities.

  • Often avoids, dislikes of is reluctant to engage in tasks requiring sustained mental effort.

  • Often loses things.

  • Often distracted by extraneous stimuli

  • Often forgetful in daily activities.

  • Often fidgets with hands and feet or squirms in seat.

  • Often has difficulty remaining seated when required to do so.

  • Often on the go.

  • Often talks excessively.

  • Often blurts out answers to questions before they have been completed.

  • Often has difficulty waiting turn.

  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others.

Children or adults do not have to have all or many of the above symptoms to be struggling with a learning related visual problem. Vision problems can even make it more difficult for someone suffering from AD(H)D like behaviors to think in an efficient manner. 
Through appropriate care these patients can have a much easier life. Special modifications often can be eliminated or greatly reduced.
Over the last 30 years Dr. Getzell has helped many children and adults who have been diagnosed with AD(H)D or believed they had AD(H)D. Children and adults may find they are helped by medication; however, learning issues and organization problems may still exist. Then there others who are misdiagnosed or not identified as AD(H)D but demonstrate the typical signs. Frequently, it is found that these children and adults are experiencing a learning related visual problem. 

A Behavioral Vision Evaluation is the first step to determining what degree vision is contributing to the patient’s difficulties. Once the evaluation is completed, Dr Getzell will review the findings and treatment recommendations with you.

Behavioral Optometry, Ltd.

Jeffrey Getzell, OD, FCOVD, FCSO

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