Dr. Boulet explained all about eye movements so next we will learn how to assess those eye movements. Assessing eye movements should be a regular part of every therapist’s evaluation process. Many children that have had an eye exam and do not require glasses still have visual complaints. Often dismissed by teachers and parents, the accuracy of this child’s eye movements and their near vision focusing strength could be limiting their potential and even have them incorrectly diagnoses with ADHD.
Before starting this evaluation, ask if the child has had a recent eye exam. If they are wearing glasses, leave them in place as having the best possible acuity is important.
If the child is cooperative, have them stand during the assessment and note any postural difficulties and head tilts. These may give clues to potential vision problems well.
Assessing Eye Movements
Assessing eye movements is quick and easy and gives the therapist vital information on about the patient may be seeing the world. It’s easy to do…just watch!!!