A behavioural vision assessment can benefit almost anyone, but some groups in particular can gain enormous benefit from our help. These include children and adults with any of the following patterns of difficulty:
- Reading difficulties
- Coordination problems
- Attention difficulties – including ADD
- Brain Injury – especially following brain trauma
- Neuro- developmental delay
We do not pretend in anyway to ‘cure’ any of the above conditions. However it is well recognised that visual problems are usually a significant factor in all of the above conditions. Treating these issues can greatly reduce the impact of the condition on general living and learning.
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What is involved during an Assessment?
We offer several forms of assessment dependent on the age of the subject, and the nature of the difficulties.
Here we normally offer a two hour assessment that looks at all the key visual and developmental aspects of learning and may include investigations of primitive reflexes, motor coordination, and auditory processing as well, if relevant to the individual. A shorter assessment is offered for young children, where concentration is an issue.
May not require such a full range of testing, and we normally see them for an hour, but if the problems are complex, a two hour visit may still be necessary. Adults with brain injury will normally be seen for two hours.
Typically the assessment will be preceded by completion of a detailed questionnaire that allows us to plan what we will need to do during the day. It is important that this is completed fully and returned ahead of the appointment if we are to give the best care possible. On the day we will usually start by talking through points raised in the questionnaire, both to give us a fuller picture, and to help put you at ease. We will then normally run through a set sequence of visual efficiency tests to obtain the basic data on how well the visual system is functioning. This is fairly structured but ensures the data we need is obtained in a consistent manner and is thus comparable on repeat testing.
Once we have the key data we will then tailor the exam to each individuals needs varying the tests used dependent on the problems and information obtained earlier. The examination is demanding, but fun, and most children greatly enjoy the experience. We have stops for refreshments and rest, and try to make the whole visit as pleasant as possible. Rarely do we need to use any eye drops with children and there is not normally any pain or discomfort involved. At the end of the assessment we will feed back to you what we have discovered, and outline our suggestions for help.
Once we have completed the assessment, the subject is likely to be very tired, and we normally schedule a break so that you can get some fresh air and have a meal. During this time we are able to plan in detail any training that will be needed and when you return to the practice one of our team of therapists will go through the training programme with you and ensure you are comfortable with what we are recommending. Should spectacles be needed these will be chosen at this point, and then normally produced in our in- house laboratory to exacting standards.
After you leave our commitment does not end. We will produce a detailed, but easily readable report for you, to summarise what we have found and this will be posted or e- mailed to you a week or two later. We will also keep in touch with your progress on any exercises given, and are always just a call away for support.
After an assessment we will offer several treatment options, and the follow- up on these will differ according to what we are doing. As a rough guide, patients on in- office programmes will be seen by the therapy team weekly for around four months, and will then be seen by an optometrist to review what we have achieved.
Patients on ‘home programmes’ will normally come back every four weeks for a VT session, and will see an optometrist for review around six months later. But our aim is to do what is best for YOUR needs, and these programmes can be modified and tailored to your particular needs. With patients in over 60 countries we have become adept at ‘fitting in’ around your needs!