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Resolve to See 2015 Better With a Functional Vision Test

Posted by The Vision Therapy Center

Better vision is something worth celebrating this year

In the midst of making New Year’s resolutions, we don’t want you to forget about you or your child’s vision. That’s why we’re encouraging everybody to resolve to schedule a Functional Vision Test in 2015.


A Functional Vision Test is the only way to ensure your entire visual system functions the way it should. The test includes a comprehensive examination of binocular vision, visual information processing and other visual skills that are integral to everyday life, especially learning.



Aren’t School Vision Screenings Enough?

Many people assume that vision screenings conducted in schools can identify every vision problem. However, in-school screenings typically involve little more than having children read letters on a chart from a distance.

While this test accurately measures a child’s visual clarity, it can’t identify other, more complex, vision problems that may affect reading and learning, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (eye turn).

Scheduling a Functional Vision Test is especially important if you or your child exhibits any of these symptoms that indicate a vision problem. However, even symptom-free children and adults should undergo an annual Functional Vision Test to rule out vision problems or catch them before they escalate.

Once the Functional Vision Test is complete, your doctor will help determine the next step. You may find your vision is healthy or that you simply need to adjust your lenses. In some cases, a functional vision problem may be detected and vision therapy may be offered as a solution.

If you want to be all you can in 2015, you’ll need your vision to perform at its best. See how a Functional Vision Test can identify vision problems that other vision tests miss.

What’s Included With a Functional Vision Test?

Functional Vision Tests generally take between an hour and 90 minutes. Each test begins with a review of the patient’s health and eye history, specifically focusing on any visual problems and symptoms. The doctor will use this information to customize a Functional Vision Test, which includes testing a wide variety of visual skills.

Each test includes a Pre-Test Assessment and an Examination. Occasionally, a doctor may conduct additional testing called a Perceptual Test.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s involved in each assessment:

Pre-Test Assessment:

  • Binocular space perception

  • Color perception

  • Stereopsis

  • Visual motor integration

  • Developmental eye movement (“tracking”)

  • Eye movements while reading

Examination Assessment:

  • Visual acuity

  • Pursuits (ability to track a moving target) and saccades (ability to switch fixation between two targets)

  • Ability to converge the eyes

  • Alignment of the eyes at distance and near

  • Visual field

  • Refractive condition

  • Ability to converge and diverge the eyes when looking at a distance target

  • Ability to converge and diverge the eyes when looking at a near target

  • Magnitude of focusing ability

  • Flexibility of focusing ability

  • Function in near tasks with various performance lenses

  • Pupillary reflexes

  • Internal and external eye health

Perceptual Testing Assessment, if Required

A Perceptual Testing Assessment is not always required, but a developmental optometrist may recommend it. If that’s the case, the test will assess the following skills:

  • Presence or absence of primitive reflexes

  • Bilateral integration

  • Laterality

  • Directionality

  • Visual perceptual attention

  • Perceptual speed

  • Visual memory

  • Visual motor integration and organization

  • Auditory attention

  • Auditory visual integration

  • Auditory discrimination

Don’t let an undiagnosed vision problem hamper your 2015. Make a New Year’s resolution to schedule a Functional Vision Test, and make this the year that you see, learn and live better.

To schedule an appointment for a Functional Vision Test, either fill out the form on this page or call us at 262-784-9201.


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Topics: Vision Therapy, Functional Vision Test, Functional Vision Problems, Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)