ADHD, Vision & Refractive Error

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ADHD, Vision & Refractive Error

Parents with children with ADHD often ask us about whether they have more eye problems because of the ADHD or even if eye problems might be contributing to their child’s ADHD. Researchers reporting in the journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS) discussed the notion that there was an association between ADHD/ADD, uncorrected refractive-errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism-and visual acuity. They performed a case matched controlled study and then examined both the test and control group for uncorrected visual acuity for distance and near, cycloplegic refraction-an eye test to measure uncorrected refractive error with eye drops, ocular motility, and binocular function. Their results showed that ADD/ADHD children had similar visual acuity at distance and near and refractive errors as normal control subjects. Eye movement and the ability to use both eyes together as well as focusing ability were also found to be similar in both groups and thus probably do not contribute to ADD/ADHD either.

If you or someone you know has ADHD and is concerned about any effects of vision problems, refractive errors or decreased visual acuity please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

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