“I USED TO GET HEADACHES WHEN I WOULD TRY TO READ. I THOUGHT MY EYES WOULD NEVER GET BETTER. NOW THE HEADACHES ARE GONE AND I LOVE TO READ. I ALSO WRITE BETTER AND FASTER. MY EYES ARE NOW BETTER AND I AM HAPPY I GRADUATED!”
— ANALISE, 11
FREE VISION AND LEARNING SCREENING
At Highline, we provide complimentary Vision and Learning Screenings ($125 value) by appointment. This screening is not the same as a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist. It screens for vision disorders that interfere with reading and includes a computerized assessment that evaluates tracking with a reading comprehension score. A person may have 20/20 vision and still have vision deficiencies that create significiant hurdles in the classroom or on the job.
Visagraph Testing Included
The task of reading is a complex interaction between the information that the eyes collect and what the brain does with that information. Just as reading is a learned process, eye movements for reading follow a developmental process. These eye movements can be measured during Visagraph testing.
The Visagraph allows us to give a very powerful demonstration of how hard the eyes are working to get the task of reading done. The test measures the efficiency of the visual system during the process of reading. The scoring takes into account reading comprehension. The patient wears goggles with sensors in them allowing us to measure the accuracy and efficiency of the eye movements during the process of reading a 100 word paragraph that is at the patient’s independent reading level. Ten questions are then asked to assess comprehension.
Here is the powerful part: we can then put the paragraph on the computer screen and with a “bouncing ball” demonstrate what the patient’s eyes were doing during reading. This is very helpful for parents and patients to see why loss of place, re-reading, using the finger to keep place and other symptoms are occurring.
If you are unsure whether you should schedule a Vision and Learning Screening, please review our symptom checklist or call us for more information. When problems are discovered, we offer a customized training program that addresses specific visual skills deficiencies.