Visual Defects Testing

Child Friendly, Non-Invasive Eye Test

The Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) test is designed to detect visual deficits such as

  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Severe Refractive Errors
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Children from the ages of 6 months and older should be tested. The test is painless, and does not require sedation. Prevent Blindness America says that only 1 in 5 children in the U.S. have a vision test before kindergarten.

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More About Visual Defects & Treatment

Vision disorders are difficult to detect in young children mainly because most kids assume they see like everyone else. If left undiscovered, and remains untreated, problems such as amblyopia, can result in permanent blindness. In a less severe case a child with visual impairment may experience learning difficulty and suffer negative effects on their social development.

Amplyopia is a poor vision condition existing in an eye that appears to be normal from an outside perspective. It is often referred to as "lazy eye". This condition occurs when the brain and the "lazy" eye do not sync in perfect communication. Since the brain does not recognize the site function in this eye, it will limit or cut off communication to the eye causing poor vision or even blindness in that eye.

The problem with trying to detect this disorder with traditional methods is that eye charts offer subjective responses that can be misinterpreted during response. Young children that do not know their letters, or shapes on the eye chart, or are still too young to speak are also excluded from these testing methods. These older tests only observe the eye, leaving the brain and nerve cell function out of the equation. Pediatric VEP testing examines the entire vision system from the cornea to the visual cortex, all without having your child speak.

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