Kids' Vision Problems and ADD
This study was a survey of 75,000 children, ages 4-17, who had vision problems that are not corrected by glasses or contact lenses. Data was used from the National Survey of Children's Health. What did it find? When the researchers looked at children without these vision problems, 8.3 percent had a diagnosis of ADHD. When children with these vision problems were considered, the number of ADHD diagnoses jumped to more than 15 percent. There is no indication that one thing causes the other, but when a child has these vision problems, parents might want to think about whether ADD/ADHD could be a fellow traveler with the vision impairments.
What problems can come with vision impairment in the classroom? It can be more difficult to see the board. Reading can be a problem. A child's reading rate might be slower. It might be harder for a child to read effectively. A child who doesn't see well can also appear to be clumsy. If your child has any of these problems, perhaps an eye appointment should be in their future, especially if they already have a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD.
More work needs to be done to tease out the link between Attention Deficit Disorder and vision problems that are not corrected by glasses or contact lenses.
University of Alabama at Birmingham. (2016, February 25). Link between ADHD, vision impairment in children. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 26, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160225101557.htm
Related links: The Related Links below this article may be of interest to you.
NEWSLETTER: I invite you to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter. This gives you all of the updates to the ADD site. Fill in the blank below the article with your email address - which is never passed on beyond this site. We never sell or trade your personal information.
You Should Also Read:
Reading for Meaning and ADD
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Content copyright © 2019 by Connie Mistler Davidson. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Connie Mistler Davidson. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Connie Mistler Davidson for details.