A typical eye examination evaluates visual acuity (20/20), the need for glasses, and eye health. While these are important aspects of vision, these tests will not detect many other types of visual disorders that affect reading, learning, sports, concentration, and everyday life.
Up to 75% of vision problems including most eye teaming (binocular vision), focusing (accommodation), tracking (oculomotor) and visual processing problems will be missed by a basic eye exam or screening.
A vision therapy evaluation gathers vision testing data that can lead to a profile of visual skills deficits and/or diagnoses as well as visual strengths. It is a much more extensive battery of tests than a routine eye exam.
Our comprehensive evaluation includes two in-office appointments and a phone consultation with the doctor.
Sensorimotor Examination with doctor (30 – 45 mins)
- Visual Acuity
- Oculomotor (ability to track a moving target)
- Vergence (ability to cross and relax you eyes)
- Binocularity (are the two eyes working together)
- Stereo (ability to see 3D)
- Accommodation (magnitude of focusing at near and distant)
- Pupillary reflexes
Visual Perceptual Testing (second appointment – roughly 120 mins)
- Visual perceptual skills
- Reading level w/eye movement analysis
- Visual Motor Integration
- Visual Field
- Retained Primitive Reflexes
** We also offer “The Dyslexia Screening (TDS)” test for an additional $50.00. This test may also be administered without a full evaluation. Please note that we DO NOT diagnose dyslexia. We are credentialed to administer testing however you must take the results to a dyslexia specialist for diagnosis. The TDS is a comprehensive test that looks for symptoms involving Dyslexia, Dyseidesia, Dysphonesia, and Dysphoneidesia. You may also use this test to provide information to educators. **
Phone Consultation with Dr. Nielsen (30 mins)
Once the second evaluation is complete, an evaluation report will be generated for you within 5-7 business days and uploaded into your patient portal. This report will have all of the testing results as well as explanations for what these results mean to you and your child’s diagnosis. The phone consultation is scheduled about two weeks out from your second appointment so that you may review the report and formulate any questions you may have for Dr. Nielsen.
Take the Vision Quiz to see if you or your child has signs of a functioning vision problem.