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How’s Your DNA Doing?

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On Friday last, I told you I met one of my heroes, Rick Green.

I told you we discussed the things that two people with ADHD discuss when they meet, which is to say we recapped some of the funny aspects of being people with ADHD.

And I told you I was at this conference because my partner is an Optometrist.

But I didn’t tell you what Rick was doing there.


Rick has been following the research on ADHD in the same way many of us have. But few of us have found a source of all things ADHD.

That is to say that that there seems to be no main stream institution that curates and collates all the data and discoveries pertaining to ADHD. So we have to go looking for it wherever we can find it.

And in preparation for speaking to a room full of Optometrists, Rick reached out to his friend and the director who invited him to speak at the conference, and discovered some interesting information on the human genome.

It seems that …

Oddly enough, the genes that affect us and afflict us with the symptoms of ADHD are the often the genes that cause certain types of vision problems.

Now you’re wondering how that could be, a gene is responsible for something and that’s the end of its responsibility, right?


It turns out that single traits are under the influence of many different genes. And genes can express themselves differently because of gene-environment interactions.

So a gene that may have an impact on my dopamine production can also influence my vision.

And oddly enough, that is a current possible theory.

I knew it!

This possible connection between ADHD and vision issues has long been suspected by another ADHDer you know, me.

I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that suggests an intersection of eye issues and ADHD

There is, it seems, a distinct possibility that there are physical comorbid manifestations of our alternative development. That could be huge.

Survey says?

For instance, in a group of people with ADHD, I asked the question, “How many of you have perfect vision, and how many don’t?”

The result was over 80% of respondents did not have perfect vision.

Now I know this wasn’t a valid study, those with perfect vision may have just flipped on by and not answered the question. On the other hand, those who answered that they did not would likely have significant issues. People who do not need vision correction don’t usually identify as having bad vision.


The bottom line here is that a relationship between ADHD and various vision issues seems to be a potential reality, and the potential is great enough that some research, or at least statistical analysis, is starting to be presented to the medical and ADHD communities.

I say it’s possible, Rick Green says it’s possible, and others are starting to investigate.

Now it’s your turn, nod your head and say , “I see … but not perfectly.”

How’s Your DNA Doing?

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2019). How’s Your DNA Doing?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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