What is an Autism eye test and what it is done?

On 23 Jun., 2022

Autistic people's eyes need to be tested by a professional, and vision therapy and/or yoked prism or ambient glasses can help a lot it is also known as the Autism eye test

What is an Autism eye test and what it is done?

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Autistic children and adults need to have their eyes, eyesight, and vision tested. Their behavioural/developmental optometrists have extensive experience doing comprehensive eye exams for children and adults with unique needs, including those on the autism spectrum.

Our optometrists are skilled in observing and testing the eyes and visual behaviours of people with autism because they are behavioural/developmental optometrists. They look beyond 20/20 vision and eye illness when evaluating and treating the eyes of children and people with autism. Many other key components of normal vision are assessed during the visual evaluation, including functional eye movements, eye teaming, eye tracking, visual processing, visual-spatial judgement, and central/peripheral vision.

They establish if the autistic person's vision is aiding or hindering his or her performance and growth through proper testing and observation, and, where necessary, provide the best visual treatments and/or therapies. If a vision evaluation reveals that the kid's visual skills are impeding progress, a vision therapy programme can be devised to help the child gain the necessary visual developmental skills. Prism and/or ambient lenses may be used as part of a vision treatment intervention in some instances.

Autistic people's eyes need to be tested by a professional, and vision therapy and/or yoked prism or ambient glasses can help a lot it is also known as the Autism eye test. Typical autistic behaviours related to the eyes, such as poor eye contact, looking through or beyond objects, extreme aversion to light, and unusual reactions to sight, are sometimes symptoms of untreated visual problems that can be effectively remediated with vision therapy and/or yoked prism lenses or ambient lenses.

Other autistic behaviours, such as a lack of reciprocal play, an extreme fear of heights, or a lack of appropriate fear of heights, may not appear to be directly related to the eyes, but they can be caused by undiagnosed visual problems that respond well to appropriate visual treatments and therapies. Individuals on the autism spectrum may benefit from vision treatment and/or prism/ambient lenses in certain situations.

A vision therapy intervention programme can be established to develop the missing or inadequate visual developmental abilities if our vision evaluation finds that the child's visual skills and development are a significant barrier to advancement. The improved visual developmental skills that arise can have a major impact on a variety of other behaviours and/or developmental or life skills that may appear unrelated to the eyes at first, such as anxiety, verbalization, and sociability. Optometric vision therapy is a popular form of sensory integration treatment since vision is our main or primary sense. Patients' vision rehabilitation regimens are tailored to their specific needs.

Most children and adults with autism and/or developmental impairments do not make sufficient use of their eyesight and may face difficulty walking straight. Visual perceptions of their own or others' bodies moving in space, or even other objects moving around them, can cause anxiety, bewilderment, or anguish in autistic persons. The fragmented, confusing, or overwhelming visual perceptions of autistic people can cause unpleasant reactions in a variety of ways and environments...and not just for them.

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