What is involved during an assessment?

We offer several different types of assessment based on the age of the subject and the nature of the difficulties.

Reading and learning difficulties in school age children.

Here we normally offer a 1.5 hour assessment that looks at all the key visual and developmental aspects of learning and may include an investigation of primitive reflexes and motor co-ordination if relevant to the individual. A shorter or split consultation can be arranged for younger children or those with concentration difficulties.

Adults and Students over 16 years of age

May not require such a full range of testing and we normally see for an hour, but if the problems are more ‘complex’ a 1.5 hour consultation may be arranged.

Adults with brain injury will normally be seen for 1.5 hours.

Typically the assessment will be preceded by detailed questionnaire that allows us to plan what we need to do during the assessment. It is important that this is completed fully and returned before 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 and your child at ease.

We will then normally run through a set sequence of visual efficiency tests to obtain 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 then tailor the exam to each individuals needs varying the tests used dependent on the problems and information obtained earlier. The assessment is demanding, but fun and most children enjoy the experience, we try and make the whole visit as plesant as possible. We rarely need to use eye drops so there is not normally and pain or discomfort. At the end of the assessment we will give you feedback as to what we have discovered and outline any suggestions we have which may 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 a meal. During this time we are able to plan in detail any training that will be needed and whether spectacles will be prescribed. Should spectacles be required these will be chosen at this point and then normally produced in our in house laboratory.

Our commitment doesn’t end after you leave. We will produce a detailed, but easily readable report to summarise what we have found and this will be posted or emailed to you approximately 2 weeks later. We will keep in touch with your progress on any exercises you are given and are always just a phone call away for support.

After an assessment we will offer several different treatment options and follow up on these will differ according to what we are doing. As a rough guide, patients on in practice programmes will be seen for a vision therapy session once a week for around four months and a review will be arranged after 6 months.

Patients on ‘home programmes’ will normally be seen every four weeks for a VT session, and will see an optometrist for a review six months later. It is our aim to do what is best for your needs and these programmes can be modified and tailored to your particular needs

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