What is assessed during your child's binocular visual assessment?
From what age can your child's eyes be tested?
Your child's eye movements, fixation, ability to shift focus, convergence ability, depth perception, colour vision, fusional reserves (i.e. ease with which the eyes may tire), sequencing of the eyes with reading and other visual skills are assessed as a standard.
In our practice we recommend routine eye tests at age 3 (or earlier if symptoms are present), in grade r, every year during primary school (when print size decreases and visual demands increase annually) and every year in high school (if glasses or contact lenses are worn) or every 18 months to 2 years
(if glasses or contact lenses are not worn).
Joanne Kalil Optometrists - Durban North
When indicated, a child's vision can be assessed from birth. While often managed in conjunction with an ophthalmologist at younger ages, visual difficulty can be ruled out in even very young children, without too much co-operation being required.
How often are visual assessments recommended?
After assessing the health of the eyes and ruling out or managing refractive errors
to improve clarity; a full binocular visual assessment is made.
If indicated a full visual perceptual analysis is made to look at how well your child interprets and works with what they see. This can provide valuable information in terms of associated effect on learning.
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