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For over thirty years EYEcenter Optometric has specialized in vision therapy for children and adults. Nip learning problems in the bud. Read more about Vision Therapy.

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Q&A with Dr. Fuerst

Dr. Fuerst Answers Your Eyecare Questions

Is there a connection with learning and reading disorders and ADHD?

Yes and no. True ADHD is something totally separate. However, if you go back and see how they measure the brain waves and concentration that is indicative of cognition, you will find a ton of research from the 60’s and 70’s about the alpha rhythms, the proverbial dial-tone of the brain, also called bio-feedback.

In a normal alpha rhythm, when you are taking a walk in the woods, not really focusing on anything, kind of just taking it all in, the amplitude of the alpha rhythm wave is quite high. It will oscillate up and down with a good high point and a good low point.

Then we ask the same person to really concentrate on something, for instance to calculate a mathematical equation, the amplitude of the alpha rhythm becomes very small, going up a little bit, and down a little bit, up a little bit and down a little bit.

Back in the day, there was a whole thing about bio-feedback, and what happened is that we had these type A personalities that were having heart attacks and they’d measure these folks with the alpha rhythms and saw that their alpha rhythms are the same when they are relaxed as when they are concentrating on something.

So they worked with these people to try and get the standard alpha rhythm pattern, and that helped them to more fully relax.

Then they researched children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and ADHD or ADD, and those kids had the opposite alpha rhythm. When they were concentrating really hard, their alpha rhythms were high, oscillating up and down with a huge wave of high point and a good low point, as if they are not focusing and just relaxing.

If you want to measure the alpha rhythm of the brain, the best place to place the skin surface electrode is right above the occipital lobe of the brain on the back of the skull. This occipital lobe strictly deals with vision. So, to say that attention and concentration is highly tied to vision is not a difficult link to be able to prove physiologically.

I will get kids who have a lot of the hallmark symptoms of ADHD or ADD, such as not being able to concentrate for more than 5 minutes, can’t stay focused, and so on, and you find out they have a massive tracking problem, a massive convergence insufficiency.

I say, “Yeah. No wonder you are manifesting ADHD-like symptoms. Unfortunately, these kids get misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD. It’s not true, it’s not accurate. They just need vision therapy.

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Citrus Heights

5959 Greenback Lane, #120 & 130
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Phone: 916-726-1818

Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
(seeing patients 7 am – 3 pm)
Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Gold River

2200 Sunrise Blvd #120
Gold River, CA 95670
Phone: 916-852-1600

Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
(seeing patients 7 am – 3 pm)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Rocklin

6809 Five Star Blvd #100A
Rocklin, CA 95677
Phone: 916-624-2020

Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
(seeing patients 7 am – 3 pm)
Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Folsom

421 Blue Ravine Rd Suite #300
Folsom, CA 95630
Phone: 916-983-1066

Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
(seeing patients 7 am – 3 pm)
Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed