On this blog we often write about ADHD and the fact that ADHD symptoms often mimic the symptoms of common eye movement disorders such as convergence insufficiency. It is important for parents to be alive to the possibility that what was thought to be ADHD is actually a treatable eye movement disorder. Treatment of the eye movement disorder may make the symptoms go away and avoid unnecessary medication.
A recent warning issued by health Canada about ADHD drugs underscore the importance of seeing in optometrist to test for eye movement disorders such as convergence insufficiency before excepting a diagnosis of ADHD.
Health Canada has warned that ADHD drugs may increase suicidal thoughts in patients. Here is a link to a news story that discuss the new warning:
To learn more about the connection between ADHD's type symptoms and convergence insufficiency click here: