Interview with Veronica Hunter of "ADHD, What Now"
Some highlights from the interview are shared below:
Vision Therapy for ADHD
Veronica is the mother of four children, one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD. In the interview, she discusses with Dr. Knapp how Vision Therapy was beneficial to her child with ADHD.
Dr. Knapp mentions how there is actually a significant crossover between ADHD and vision problems and that a developmental exam can weed out potential vision problems to determine if vision issues are contributing to ADHD problems.
Utilizing Vision Therapy
Dr. Knapp covers how vision therapy is used to improve visual processing skills to enhance reading ability, academic performance and, even sports performance. She also discusses how the majority of the cases in her practice at PressVision are learning problems related to vision.
There are also a significant amount of patients who come in to PressVision for neruoptometric rehabilitation. Due to accident, injury (like concussions), or stroke, some individuals can’t perform basic tasks like driving anymore because their eyes no longer work together properly.
Vision therapy can in many cases be extremely beneficial to both those with learning struggles and those who have suffered an injury resulting in vision problems.
Vision Therapy Treatment Plan
In the video, Dr. Knapp also discusses the importance of a customized treatment plan for each patient. Patients have different needs and their own unique treatment plans. It is also vital to build a good foundation for every patient and build visual skills on top of that foundation over many in-office sessions.
Clinically Proven Effective
While some individuals and even medical professionals are hesitant to explore vision therapy as an option for vision problems, vision therapy has been proven effective in randomized clinical trials. Most patients can expect to see significant improvement. Up to 73% of office based patients experienced a successful or improved outcome (CITT Study Group – Arch Ophthalmol 2008)