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Poor concentration, reduced attention span, high level of distractibility and silly mistakes are recognized signs of Attention-Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but commonly overlooked vision problems can also present similarly. Vision does not only incorporate sight, but also the ability of the person to understand, process and respond to the visual stimulus. Sight disorders prevent this higher level of functioning, therefore preventing the child from responding to schoolwork, sport and general life properly, leading to frustration, ADHD-type behaviour and misdiagnosis with labels including dyslexia. To prevent this from happening, all children should have their sight assessed before school age to allow for treatment of the problem and encourage normal development. Symptoms to be aware of are difficulty reading due to easy fatigability or frequently losing their place, squinting, headaches, complaining of sore eyes, frequently rubbing their eyes, poor coordination, and bad hand writing.
About: Poor eyesight, not ADHD causing bad behavior at school
Date: 26 August 2005
Author: Linda Bantell
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