My friend, Jennie Friedman, an ADHD coach by trade and a good one I understand, has a website called SeeinADHD. I’ve written for it, I help edit it, and yes I’m somewhat affiliated with it (shameless promotional plug there), but what I’d like to draw your attention to is the name of the site.
See in ADHD refers to her assertion that if you look closely at the disorder, you’ll grow to understand how it affects life, and you’ll come to understand how to deal with it.
But what’s been kind of an eye opener for her, and for me now too, is that there is apparently a link between the eyes and ADHD.
The first glimmer of light on this subject was that a podcast guest of Jennie’s started talking to her about a relationship between ADHD and a condition known as “Vertical Heterophoria.”
I’ll let Jennie and her guest pursue that one, that’s their ball to chase down. And I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder.
Not only is the old adage “lightning never strikes the same place twice” not true, it’s patently false. Lightning often strikes the highest point, and if that point survives, it will be struck again.
I guess I’m pretty tall. Not long after hearing from Jennie about Vertical Heterophoria, my optometrist told me of a study of 45 children with ADHD that revealed a potential link between ADHD and eye development.
I had to look into it, right?
So this study, the abstract of which can be found on Pub Med, compared 90 eyes belonging to 45 children with ADHD to a control group of 90 eyes belonging to 45 age and gender matched children without ADHD.
And the results were that there was a lack of development in the layer of retinal nerve in the nasal quadrant of the eyes of the CHILDREN WITH ADHD, and not in the eyes of the control group.
Do you see it?
The ramifications of this one study are huge.
The obvious implication is that ADHD might, at some time in the future, be diagnosed, or at least confirmed, by an eye examination.
More to see …
But additionally, a group of 45 people, who were diagnosed with a disorder that people still doubt, were examined in some other, and totally physical way, and were found to have a significant and consistent physical difference in comparison to 45 people who had been deemed not afflicted by the disorder in question.
To see this more clearly for those who are struggling, lets say that instead of ADHD we’re talking about the ability to see color. And let’s pretend that seeing color is actually a disorder that 10 percent of the population “suffers” from.
Now let’s imagine that the remaining ninety percent of the population don’t believe that color exists.
This test and it’s results?
This test and its results are analogous to bringing color sighted people into a room and hearing them, one after another, identify red, green and blue consistently and without knowing what the other test subjects have said.
Eventually the color blind people have to accept that there is such a thing as ADHD … er, I mean, color.
If this study can be replicated consistently, there can be little doubt that ADHD exists. Now the question is, how did bad parenting, or any one of the other ridiculous propositions on the cause of ADHD, cause the development of said disorder, AND the underdevelopment of nerve tissue in children’s eyes, at the same time?
What’s your answer?