THE CONNECTION: The connection between eye teaming problems and attention deficit disorders was recently documented in medical journals. The latest research study found children diagnosed with ADHD were three times as likely to have a “convergence insufficiency” than children in the rest of the population.
Dr. David B. Granet, director of the Ratner Children's Eye Center of the University of California in San Diego and a nationally known pediatric ophthalmologist, explains that because this kind of eye teaming problem causes children to have difficulty keeping both eyes focused on a close target, it becomes more difficult for them to concentrate on reading, one of the ways doctors diagnose ADHD. As a result of his research, Dr. Granet says no child should be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD until their visual system has been checked. The reason: the chance of a misdiagnosis is simply too great.
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