Functional Vision Evaluation
in Denver, NC
Vision therapy is the process of learning to use your two eyes more efficiently together and learning to understand what you see. This can correct visual delays and imperfections from a wide range of conditions. Here at Sightwork, that process starts with a functional vision test: the most thorough way to understand how you are using your visual skills. Then we make a plan together to start improving it.
What is Functional Vision?
A routine eye exam evaluates eye health, basic eye movements, and the need for a glasses or contact lens prescription. At Sightwork, a visual evaluation is completed to account for your entire visual system’s performance, including your eyes, brain, and the ways they communicate with each other.
- “What is it” vision
- Your central vision and ability to read
- “Where is it” vision
- Your peripheral vision and ability to localize objects in 3D space
While most of our patient’s have 20/20 vision, there is a delay with regard to how they understand and process visual information.
Why Is a Functional Vision Evaluation Important?
While a comprehensive vision examination remains an important tool to protect sight and eye health, having 20/20 vision does not equate to comfortable vision. Children and adults with 20/20 vision may still have difficulty understanding reading material or keeping up with sports. Vision therapy is often more impactful than tutoring alone or surgery. Having a functional vision evaluation is part of the process to determine if vision therapy is the best path forward.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
We start with a comprehensive eye exam, which helps us understand eyesight clarity, current eye health, and potential eye conditions.
Functional Vision Evaluation
Our functional vision evaluation has two main components: the ocular motor test and visual processing test. These check if the eyes are moving together properly, and how well the patient retains information.
After the examination and functional vision evaluation, we discuss results with the patient and tailor a treatment plan designed specifically for their needs.
Why Trust Sightwork for Your Functional Vision Evaluation
Sightwork has helped kids and adults alike reach their full potential through personalized vision therapy for over a decade, and our successes in that time are thanks to the dedicated experts here who truly want to see their patients see and live better. They’re known for their compassion, knowledge of the visual system, and commitment to improving our patients lives through vision therapy.
What Can I Expect from My
Vision Therapy Evaluation?
Our vision therapy evaluation, which is generally performed in separate parts, informs how we approach nearly all aspects of therapy. After your comprehensive eye exam, we’ll schedule the following evaluations:
Ocular Motor Evaluation
During this evaluation, we determine if the eyes are following where the brain is telling them to go, and if they’re working together as a team. We use lenses, prisms, and other technology to get a baseline for motor skills and clarify if there are any communication issues.
Visual Processing Evaluation
Next, we run a series of tests to measure visual processing skills — everything from how well a patient discerns left from right, to identifying letters, to how quickly they process information. We also examine visual memory, vocabulary, and reading level.
Creating Your Customized Vision Therapy Plan
After we perform our functional vision tests, our doctor works with you to create a customized therapy plan, for you or your child. This plan consists of activities and other training that help our patients acquire full use of both their ocular motor and visual processing skills. We’ll tailor the program to focus on the areas where a given patient can improve, suggesting small but impactful changes and then build on those changes. These changes lead to improvement in function that can last a lifetime.
Our Vision Therapy Technology
We believe in utilizing a multi-dimensional approach to our vision therapies. To make sure our patients receive a comprehensive range of diagnostics and treatments, we’ve adopted a variety of technologies — including state-of-the-art lenses and groundbreaking computer program — to provide patients with the most comfortable therapies and finest vison outcomes.