Thursday, January 24, 2013

TOVA, Visagraph and Lyons Family Eye Care

Lyons Family Eye Care, the private practice where I hang my hat when I am not at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute or off lecturing somewhere in the world, has some exciting news!

We now offer advanced, computerized testing to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, ADD, other attentional disorders and eye movement dysfunctions associated with reading problems (dyslexia), poor academic performance, poor sports performance and brain injury.

TOVA: Objective Assessment of ADHD

Frequently asked questions about ADHD:

  • Does my child really have ADHD? Should he be receiving so much medication?
  • Can I have ADHD, even though I'm an adult?
  • Is there a better way for doctors to measure attention than only rating someone's behaviors? Something that's objective?
The Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®) is a computerized test of attention that assists in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring of attention disorders, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The TOVA (Test of Variables Attention) is a somewhat boring (it's supposed to be boring) continuous computerized task that assesses ones ability to attend and levels of impulsivity. The advantages of using a TOVA evaluation include:

Increases Diagnostic Accuracy
Improved Response to Treatment
Improved Patient Care, Management and Planning
Promotes Cost Savings for the Patient
Increased Patient and Family Satisfaction with Therapy Outcomes

The TOVA results can help your doctor, psychologist, teacher and other members of your health and educational team to better understand the issues involved and how to treat them. Current research shows that those with ADHD tend to have a high level of binocular vision problems and conversely, those with binocular vision problems have attentional issues. Unfortunately a number of children and adults are diagnosed with ADHD when they really have vision problems instead. The professional staff at LFEC can help you determine just what the problem is and what treatment is most appropriate.

For those diagnosed with ADHD sometimes both medical and non-medical treatments are indicated. Let Lyons Family Eye Care help you decide what form of treatment is best after the correct diagnosis is made.

Make and appointment today by clicking here

My next blog will discuss reading problems (dyslexia), reading eye movement disorders and how to better diagnose their presence so that appropriate treatment can be given. DM

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