INITIAL VISION EXAMINATION: An evaluation of external and internal eye health, color vision and visual field evaluation, refraction for optical prescription, and initial visual analysis of the functional visual abilities of oculomotor control (eye tracking), accommodative ability (focusing), binocular control (eye teaming ability) and stereopsis (binocular depth perception).
EXTENDED ANALYSIS/SENSORIMOTOR EVALUATION: Performance testing of the visual input skills (ability to fuse in all positions of gaze).
NEURO-VISUAL TESTING: The purpose of this testing is to determine how the visual system processes information, how vision integrates with the other sense modalities, and to determine whether vision is supporting or interfering with performance to full potential. The testing battery may be scheduled on a different day than the intial evaluation. Some of the areas that may be evaluated include:
- Visual Perceptual Skills: The ability to visually discriminate differences and similarities among forms such as in different orientations, sizes, or if embedded within other forms.
- Visual Laterality and Directionality: The ability to correctly determine left from right and understand spatial directional properties of individuals, objects and language symbols.
- Visual Memory: The ability to remember the characteristics of a given form after a brief presentation.
- Visual Sequential Memory: The ability to remember for immediate recall a series of forms in their specific order of presentation.
- Visual Motor Integration: The ability to take in, analyze, and reproduce visual information using paper and pencil.
- Spatial and Phonological Awareness Skills – The ability to listen to and look at information analytically and to recognize that the words heard and spatial patterns seen are organized sensory elements that are represented in reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic. Developmentally, information is organized spatially before it is learned to be processed verbally.
- Silent Word Reading Fluency: The ability to recognize printed words accurately and efficiently.
- Word Reading Efficiency: The ability to recognize and pronounce printed words accurately and fluently
- Readalyzer Testing: (infrared measurement of eye movements when reading);
- Primitive reflex testing as it relates to overall vision development and eye-hand motor testing.
REPORT AND CONFERENCE: A comprehensive report will be prepared at the completion of the testing, and then an in-depth conference with the doctor will be scheduled to review the diagnostic findings, prognosis, therapeutic recommendations and to answer any questions and concerns you might have regarding the full evaluation.