By Carmen Willings teachingvisuallyimpaired.com Updated April 9, 2020 The first step in determining if a student is in need or is eligible for school based vision services is to obtain a current eye report (within one year). If the child has not yet received an eye exam from an ophthalmologist or optometrist, this will need to be scheduled and conducted prior to proceeding with the referral. Having a current report is important as children's vision can change as the child grows and cooperativeness during the exam can change. Students in the Vision Program will need to provide copies of updated reports annually or at a minimum every three years to determine ongoing eligibility. This report also helps the TVI be aware of any changes in acuity, diagnosis or prognosis.
There are a variety of tests and procedures to assess the integrity, health, and function of the eye. This page provides information on various tests and tools used by eye specialists during the eye exam.
Reports should indicate what a student's uncorrected and corrected visual acuities are. If a student's vision can be corrected, even mildly, they will typically be prescribed glasses or contacts. This page details the different types of lenses a student may be prescribed.
Visual field refers to how great an area a person can see and is measured, in degrees, as an angle. A visual deficit may be a central field loss, or may occur elsewhere in the visual field. This page detailed types of visual field loss.
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