We understand that good attention and the ability to concentrate are a function of a well developed visual system. A recent study showed that 80% of the fibers feeding into the brain’s attention centre called the RAS (Reticular Activating System); the area effected by medications for ADD/ADHD, come from the visual system. A recent study also showed that children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are 3 times more likely to suffer from a common vision disorder, called “convergence insufficiency”. This disorder can further burden children with attention problems. However, the good news is that research has proven that the vision problem can be effectively treated with office-based vision therapy.
Many parents are surprised to find that during the course of a vision therapy program, their child is able to pay better attention in school and stay focused to complete homework in a timely fashion. We do not treat ADD/ADHD, but through the development of a properly functioning visual system, patients will find that that attention and concentration improve.