Symptoms for ADD/ADHD and Vision Problems are Often the Same

The symptoms of ADD/ADHD and vision problems are very similar. In order to determine if a vision problem is causing some or all of these symptoms, a functional vision exam should be performed. When a vision problem is identified, it can be treated with vision therapy, glasses or both. In order to determine which symptoms are attributable to each condition, the vision problem must be eliminated.

What are the similarities between ADD/ADHD and vision issues?

The following chart compares the symptoms of ADD/ADHD with those of vision problems.

ADHD Symptoms vs Vision Problems Symptoms Chart

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s shortened form of ADHD criteria based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5)
**American Optometric Association

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