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Vision Therapy Assessment
Functional Vision Assessments
Functional vision is how your eyes, brain, and visual pathways work together to help you interact with your environment. We have the ability to assess patients of all ages. Our team of specialists have had the opportunity to work with patients ranging from birth to 90 years of age. We have the advanced training and equipment required to perform a Functional Vision Exam, which includes tests on visual skills, including:
Healthy eyes maintain position on objects when they are still or moving through space and change position from one object to another (or word to word when reading). If your eye movement is compromised you may have difficulty holding fixation for balance, directing gross motor or fine motor activities, reading, writing or tracking a ball.
Healthy eyes see an object clearly and shift focus between objects at different distances. If your eyes are not correctly focusing you may experience headaches, eyestrain, visual fatigue and/or inattention. In addition, words may be unclear and you may be unable to shift your focus from close to distant objects.
Healthy eyes align to position on the same point and work together in a coordinated and precise way, allowing efficient, single, comfortable vision and depth perception. If your eyes are not both aligned on the same point, you may experience difficulty with attention and/or avoid near activities. Additionally, you may lose depth perception and experience double vision, eyestrain or fatigue.
Types of Assessment
Using advanced technologies, we can assess how efficiently and accurately your eyes function when reading. Sensors measure how may fixations and regressions your eyes make while reading, and assess how long you hold each fixation. The Readalyzer also provides information on how well you comprehend the information you read and provides us with a simulation of eye movement over the text you read.
Functional Visual Field Evaluation
The visual field is your entire scope of vision, including central and peripheral vision. A functional visual field assesses the quantity of visual information your brain can process at one time and the environment your visual system is functioning in. A collapsed functional visual field may cause difficulty in balance, movement and information processing. Many patients with collapsed visual fields experience dizziness due to a mix match of visual and vestibular input.
Visual Information Processing Evaluation
This evaluation assesses how well your brain processes visual input. We look at your brain’s ability to see that two objects are similar or different and to detect detailed information against a busy background. We assess how your visual system directs your motor output, how your visual/vestibular/auditory systems are integrated, and if the primary reflexes associated with your visual function are integrated.