Converge Deficit

Mar 15, 2023
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It is possible for convergence deficit, which is a vision condition that makes it difficult for the eyes to work together, to be mistaken for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

This is because some of the symptoms of convergence deficit are similar to those of ADHD, such as difficulty concentrating, problems with reading, and eye strain or fatigue. Children who have a convergence deficit may appear to be easily distracted or have trouble completing tasks that require close visual attention. This is frequently misdiagnosed as ADHD and results in recommending amphetamines inappropriately.

It is important for parents, teachers, and healthcare providers to be aware of the possibility of a convergence deficit when evaluating a child who is showing signs of ADHD. A thorough examination by our Neuro-Optometrist can determine if vision problems are contributing to your child's symptoms.

If a convergence deficit is diagnosed by our Neuro-Optometrist, treatment may involve corrective lenses, vision therapy, or a combination of both. Addressing vision problems can improve a child's ability to focus and learn, which can in turn reduce the need for medication or other interventions for ADHD.

Can vision problems cause a misdignosis of ADHD? Absolutely! Parents and teachers who see hyperactive or inattentive behaviors in a student rarely consider that they could be caused by eye health or vision problems. Many teachers and parents may not realize that functional vision disorders, much like ADHD, can make it very hard for a child to pay attention in class or finish their schoolwork on time.

Visual skills deficits can negatively affect a child’s executive function: the skills and thought processes involved in organizing their work, planning and paying attention in class, as well as their reading comprehension and fluency. Students with vision issues may have a harder than usual time with reading as well. This can lead to frustration and anger, which can manifest itself in the form of outbursts and disruption in class.

These behavior is often mistaken for signs of ADHD, which is why a multi-disciplinary group of professionals, like our team at Beyond ADHD,  can assist you in properly diagnose and treat the child or adult afflicted with any type of disability.