vision exams for adults

The American Optometric Association recommends a yearly eye exam for adults – not only to detect and to diagnose vision changes or problems – but, also to maintain eye health. For example, glaucoma, a disease caused by increased pressure in the eye, commonly goes unnoticed by adults. Regular vision examinations are also important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today’s academic and professional demands.

The visual demands of the 21st century are greater than ever before. Adults and children alike in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can sometimes induce headaches and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.

Testing For More Than 20/20

We at Gravity Works Vision Development Center recognize that 20/20 just means that a person can clearly see a certain letter on the standard eye chart (equivalent to what a person with normal vision should be able to see at 20 feet). There’s so much more to healthy vision than just 20/20!

Our comprehensive vision examinations go way beyond 20/20 to evaluate many important visual skills, such as:
  • Visual Acuity at Near
    Is your vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.

  • Eye Teaming Skills
    Do your two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular (two-eyed) vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perception.

  • Eye Focusing Skills
    Do your eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.

  • Eye Movement Skills
    Do your eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.

Above are just a few of the many visual skills evaluated during our comprehensive vision exam. In addition, the health of your eyes, inside and out, is carefully evaluated for such problems as cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, diabetes, etc.

Visual Information Processing (VIP) Testing

Visual Information Processing testing includes a series of formal test that are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
  • Visual motor integration and eye hand coordination
  • Visual perception including:
    • Visual memory
    • Form perception
    • Visual discrimination
    • Directionality
    • Laterality
    • Visual – auditory integration
  • Perceptual motor abilities
  • Motor screening

The Visagraph II Computerized Eye Movement Test uses goggles with infrared sensors to analyze and record eye movements while viewing targets at near and during silent reading. The number of times the eyes stop, how they move across the page and back, how many times they get lost or backtrack, and how they work together as a team will significantly impact reading efficiency.
Visual Information Processing testing usually requires 2 hours and is administered by our therapy staff. Following analysis by the doctor, test results are presented at a consultation with your doctor. Treatment options will be discussed including whether vision therapy may be helpful and if consultation with another professional would be appropriate. A written summary report is also provided for the patient and other professionals, hospitals and/or treatment centers working with the patient.