Eye Movements and ADHD

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Children with ADHD have decreased attention span and inhibition and increased hyperactivity and impulsivity.  Recent research discussed eye movements and ADHD.  Approximately 3-7% of school-aged children have ADHD, therefore, learning more about the visual system of these children is important.

Research on the Visual System and ADHD

There has been a considerable amount of research on the visual system and ADHD.  The research indicates the following:

  • individuals with ADHD display suppressed saccadic eye movements during fixation.  Normal saccadic eye movements are when the eyes bounce and move to fixate on different objects but individuals with ADHD may move the eyes too quickly when fixation is necessary.

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