By: Carmen Willings
May 29, 2019
As part of the Functional Vision Evaluation (FVE), it is important to observe the individual's environment. The environmental observations will provide you with insight into how the environment is positively or negatively impacting the student's use of vision.
Make Environmental Observations
Include information about where the assessment took place. Identify the lighting conditions, the size of the objects and materials used, the distances at which the students were able to recognize objects. Also indicate whether the student used prescribed glasses or other optical aids including the specific strength of those aids. Environmental variables may affect a student's visual functioning. Note these conditions in natural learning environments during near, intermediate, and distance FVE activities including color, contrast, lighting, space, distance, and time. Color may impact how a students uses vision. Red and yellow may be preferred colors for students with CVI, but not always. Color preferences can promote the use and further development of functional vision. Contrast describes the student's sensitivity or ability to detect difference of brightness.
Consider the student's visual diagnosis and implications for determining lighting needs; the lighting conditions in each environment; and the student's sensitivity to light indoors and outdoors and the need to provide protection from glare and/or ultraviolet rays.
Note the following in regards to lighting:
Note the following in regards to glare:
Note the following in regards to color and contrast:
Note if the area is well organized or cluttered.
Note any safety hazards:
If the Student has difficulty with lighting, include some or all of the following possible recommendations in the report:
This presentation provides a walk-through of the process and steps of conducting a Functional Vision Evaluation and Learning/Reading Media Assessment. Key points include interpreting the eye report, materials to use in the assessment, conducting interviews and observations as well as strategies for direct assessment and writing a professional and thorough report that is informative to all audiences. Next steps are also covered including the importance of a low vision assessment, determining the need for additional assistive technology and implications for service.
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