Our comprehensive vision therapy and developmental vision exams evaluate accommodation, binocular vision, and ocular motility.
- Visual Acuity at Near: Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.
- Eye Teaming Skills: Do the two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular (two-eyed) vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception.
- Eye Focusing Skills: Do the eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.
- Eye Movement Skills: Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, and fixation? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
- Reversal Frequency: Is confusion or reversal of letters or words (b, d; p, q; saw, was; etc.) within the normal ranges for a given age? Past the age of seven (or third grade), frequent visual and written reversals might indicate a visual perceptual dysfunction.
- Visual Processing: Once information is taken in through the visual system, how are the brain and eyes working together to process and output that information. To evaluate proficiency, we test for visual motor integration, visual memory and visualization.
The evaluation is completed in about 90 minutes. We encourage parents and/or caregivers to observe all testing procedures. After testing, we schedule a report consultation on a separate date when the doctor and therapists will review the vision testing results and discuss recommendations and program guidelines. The report consultation is only for parents. Your child does not need to come back for the report consultation.
For our adult vision therapy patients, the evaluation is immediately followed by a short consultation to discuss results and therapy options as appropriate. The format is different from testing for our younger patients because adults can give more detailed feedback and results in a shorter amount of time.
The comprehensive developmental vision evaluation and report consultation may cost up to $575. We file BlueCross BlueShield plans for coverage. All other insurance plans are out-of-network and testing fees shall be collected at the time of service. We will provide you with a statement to file with your insurance provider.
Lastly, you do not necessarily need a referral to see us. However, we prefer to work with your primary care optometrist, ophthalmologist, or physician since we do not provide routine eye exams or medical eye care.
Important Note: We do not provide general care optometry for yearly basic eye health exams. We are happy to refer you to a general care optometrist.