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Is it a Visual Problem or ADHD?

Is it a Visual Problem or ADHDHas your child been struggling in school? Has their pediatrician or teacher recommended they be tested for ADHD?

Having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can make it difficult for kids to concentrate in the classroom, leading to poor school performance, lower self-esteem, and even more difficulties with learning.

The sooner ADHD is diagnosed, the sooner your child can receive the help they need. 

To learn more, contact The Eye Studio in Red Deer today. 

But What If It’s Not ADHD?

What if your child's struggles aren't due to ADHD, or there’s more than just ADHD going on? 

It turns out that some kids who've been diagnosed with ADHD actually have problems with their visual system that make it hard to learn and concentrate. While some have visual dysfunction in addition to ADHD, others have been misdiagnosed as having ADHD, when the problem is related to visual processing or sub-par visual skills.  

This is why it's so important to have your child's visual system evaluated by an eye doctor who diagnoses and treats problems with the visual system. Contact us today at Dr. Tedra Kindopp in Red Deer to schedule a functional eye exam.  

The Visual System

The visual system is much more than 20/20 vision. Even children with excellent eyesight can struggle to read if their eyes don’t work together as a team. They’ll find it hard to catch a ball if their eyes can’t track fast-moving objects. If your child frequently trips over curbs or bangs into things, it could be due to poor depth perception or peripheral vision. 

These and other visual skills are necessary for successful learning and playing. 

Additionally, if your child has a problem with visual processing, they may not understand or recall what they’ve just read, whether from a book or during a test. 

The result can be inattentiveness, frustration and poor grades in school. 

Fortunately, there are ways to improve how the visual system functions.  

Vision Therapy in Red Deer

The eye doctor will assess your child's visual acuity, visual skills, and their brain's ability to process visual information. If they find any visual problems, they'll work with you and your child to create a custom treatment plan: vision therapy, special glasses, or a combination of both.

Many kids start to see improvement within weeks of beginning vision therapy! So, if you're worried about your child's school performance, don't wait any longer to schedule a functional vision exam. 

Contact us at The Eye Studio in Red Deer today to make an appointment.

Our practice serves patients from Red Deer, Innisfail, Lacombe, and Central, Alberta and surrounding communities.

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