Sunday, January 5, 2014

Slower rate of binocular rivalry in autism.

Slower rate of binocular rivalry in autism.

....An imbalance between cortical excitation and inhibition is a central component of many models of autistic neurobiology. .......Overall, these results may provide an index of atypical cortical dynamics that may underlie both the social and nonsocial symptoms of autism.....

Comments: One of the most frequently encountered vision problems in autism includes strabismus and oculomotor anomalies. It should be no surprise that problems with binocular rivalry is also a characteristic of those with autism. See the chapter on autism in Taub M, Bartuccio M, Maino D. (Eds) Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. New York, NY;2012.

Quick Adult ADHD Screening Test

Quick Adult
ADHD Screening Test

As an optometrist who specializes in children and adults with a number of vision and learning disorders, I frequently encounter those who have been diagnosed with ADHD or show symptoms of ADHD.  Children with ADHD become adults with 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 you have 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 -