Vision and ADHD
Vision issues can affect a child’s ability to sustain attention during reading and close work.
Vision problems do not cause ADHD, but they can be mistaken for ADHD. Vision issues should be ruled out in children where a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is being considered.
Vision issues such as farsightedness, eye teaming problems, and focusing problems can affect a child’s ability to sustain attention during reading and desk work. Research has shown that children with convergence insufficiency are more likely to have a diagnosis of ADHD, and score higher on the Conners Checklist even when they don’t have ADHD. Results of the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial have shown that successful treatment of convergence insufficiency resulted in parents’ seeing improvements in attention during reading and homework.