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Vision and Attention (ADD/ADHD) Treatment In Round Rock, TX

This Parents’ Checklist is designed to assist parents who are investigating possible causes for their child’s problems with Attention Deficit Disorder (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), attention span, hyperactivity, behavior, learning and/or reading. Parents are advised to be aware that the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) cannot be made by teachers or school administrators alone. A determination of the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can only be made by a team of education and health professionals. As Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological diagnosis, a neurologist should be a member of the team. The evaluation process should also include comprehensive examination of the child’s visual and auditory skills in order to rule out any problems with visual processing, auditory processing, or sensory motor integration.

For information re: visual/perceptual skills which need to be tested, see developmental vision examination.

A Parent’s Checklist
Look for these signs and symptoms.

If you check off several items on the following checklist, consider taking your child for a vision exam.

You observe the following behavior in your child:

  • pixelone eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other (look carefully — this can be subtle). This is significant even if it only occurs when the child is tired or stressed.
  • pixelturns or tilts head to see
  • pixelhead is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
  • pixelsquinting or closing or covering of one eye
  • pixelexcessive blinking or squinting
  • pixelshort attention span
  • pixeldaydreaming in class
  • pixelpoor handwriting
  • pixelpoor visual/motor skills (often called “hand-eye coordination”)
  • pixelproblems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things
  • pixelclumsiness on playground or at home

While reading or doing close work your child:

  • pixelholds the book or object unusually close
  • pixelcloses one eye or covers eye with hand
  • pixeltwists or tilts head toward book or object so as to favor one eye
  • pixelfrequently loses place and fatigues easily
  • pixeluses finger to read
  • pixelrubs eyes during or after short periods of reading
  • pixelreversals when reading (i.e., “was” for “saw”, “on” for “no”, etc.)
  • pixelreversals when writing (b for d, p for q, etc.)
  • pixelomitting small words
  • pixelconfusing small words
  • pixeltransposition of letters and numbers (12 for 21, etc.)
  • pixelloss of place when reading, line to line and word to word.
  • pixelchild’s ability to learn verbally surpasses his ability to learn visually.

Your child frequently complains of:

  • pixelonly being able to read for short periods of time
  • pixelheadaches or eyestrain
  • pixelnausea or dizziness
  • pixelmotion sickness
  • pixelDOUBLE VISION!

Say no more. If your child reports seeing double, please bring your child in for a binocular vision evaluation immediately.

Schedule an eye exam with our Round Rock eye doctor!

Catch Visual Problems Early!

Early detection of visual problems greatly increases the chances of successful rehabilitation. Children should be examined by an eye doctor during infancy and preschool years to detect potential problems with binocular vision. This is particularly important if any member of the family has had ambylopia or strabismus. Testing of binocular teaming skills should be a part of every child’s comprehensive eye examination.

Be sure to seek a second opinion when an eye doctor:

  • pixeldiagnoses ambylopia (lazy eye) or strabismus, but offers only surgery and/or patching — no mention is made of eye exercises or other supporting vision therapies. (Patching of a non-amblyopic eye is of limited value unless it is part of an active vision therapy program.)
  • pixelrecommends surgery only for cosmetic purposes (to make the eye appear straight to others) and does not believe that your child can develop binocular vision
  • pixeltells you that it is too late for either surgery and/or patching and that your child can not develop binocular vision. (For many years, it was thought that amblyopia (lazy eye) was only amenable to treatment during the “critical period”. This is the period up to age seven or eight years. Current research has conclusively demonstrated that effective treatment can take place at any age, but the length of the treatment period increases dramatically the longer the condition has existed prior to treatment.)

For more information about the link between vision and ADD/ADHD.