This question is for Dr. Joel. My son is ten with APD and SPD. He gets frequent headaches and holds books real close to his eyes despite having no measured visual deficit. When doing multiplication tables he can not visually follow where the answer would be by intersecting the product numbers. We believe he is having visual issues related to the processing issues. We live in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Can you recommend a specialist who could help our son? Thanks.
Replied by drjoelon Thursday, June 13 2013, 09:33 PM·Hide·#1
Symptoms of headaches and holding reading material excessively close is characteristic of a focusing disorder. Most focusing disorders are a result of the focusing system compensating for an eye coordination dysfunction. I believe that your child's inaccurate visual system is what's creating a visual processing problem. Yes, an evaluation with a behavioral optometrist is primary. The treatment of choice will typically include lenses, prism and vision therapy. Log onto COVD, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, for a referral in your area.
Dr. Joel H. Warshowsky
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