Vision therapy helps boy who was misdiagnosed with ADHD

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- One Valley boy is finally finding success in the classroom after being misdiagnosed with ADHD.

“He’d have major mood swings. He’d be calm at one moment, and the next he was all over the place,” Nicole Bright said about her son Cameron.

Cameron was first thought to be a typical ADHD case. He struggled to sit still for any period of time, and was having a problem reading and writing things from the board in school.

But it turned out Cameron’s problems weren’t caused by ADHD.

“When he was looking at things up close he would often see two, or he would get eye strain. He would complain of headaches,” remarked Dr. Alicia Feis at Glendale’s Midwestern University.

Cameron began vision therapy with Dr. Feis, and his performance in school and behavior at home started to improve.

“This isn’t a vision thing, this is how your eyes work together,” Dr. Feis explained.

Thanks to his sessions with Dr. Feis, Cameron says he’s can now complete his school assignments.

“I could actually read without going over, and over, and over,” Cameron stated.

Dr. Feis said most eye tests that kids receive don’t test for how well the eyes work together. To help determine if your child has vision problems, Dr. Feis provided a few signs for parents to look for.

1. Are they lining up the numbers correctly when they’re doing math?
2. Do they cover one eye or use their finger to follow the words when they’re reading?
3. Are they intellectually capable of doing their schoolwork, but still getting bad grades?