Saturday, January 4, 2014

Attention Deficit Attention Disorder in Children: A Screening Test

As an optometrist who specializes in children with a number of vision and learning disorders, I frequently encounter those who have been diagnosed with ADHD or show symptoms of ADHD. Various binocular vision problems are often associated with ADHD-like symptoms. There are a number of evaluations I have available to determine if the behaviors are associated with vision dysfunction, various psychiatric disorders or other anomalies. These assessments include a comprehensive eye examination, visual efficiency evaluation,
Visagraph (computerized assessment of oculomotor ability) and TOVA (Test of Variables Attention). I have found the TOVA to be particularly helpful in differentiating vision problems from problems of attention. Here is a quick screening test to help determine if your child has problems with attention. This test DOES NOT tell you the cause of these behaviors. The doctors and
staff at Lyons Family Eye Care can help you determine the best, most optimal treatment after the appropriate diagnosis is made
. DM

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