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The 17 Visual Skills Assessed During Your Child’s Functional Eye Exam

Beginning in childhood, vision screenings will detect if a patient has amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

More in-depth eye examinations should begin annually during a child’s adolescence and continue through their early 20s. The optometric standard is to test for the 17 visual skills most essential to young people so they can succeed in schoolwork, playing sports, driving, and other aspects of their lives.

Have Your Eyes Examined Before Each School Year

The new school term is a good reminder for all students in middle school, high school, and college to undergo a comprehensive visual exam every year to check:

  • Central visual acuity: seeing clearly and accurately
  • Peripheral vision: seeing objects at the sides while continuing to look straight ahead
  • Depth perception: understanding whether seen objects are close to or far from each other
  • Color perception: distinguishing between colors
  • Eye-movement control: each eye focusing on an object
  • Binocular coordination: both eyes working together to achieve clear and comfortable vision
  • Saccades: the eyes’ ability to quickly move or “jump” between different focal points
  • Pursuits: both eyes’ smooth movements tracking a moving target
  • Convergence: both eyes working together, toward each other, to focus on a nearby object
  • Accommodation flexibility: the eye continuously changing its focus between near and distant objects
  • Accommodation endurance: the eyes’ ability to maintain focus for close-up tasks
  • Visual memory: remembering just-seen images
  • Visual thinking: analysis of the information about an image (visual/spatial learning or picture thinking)
  • Gross visual-motor skills: employing visual information to direct the body’s movements in a coordinated way
  • Fine visual-motor skills: employing visual information to control the movement of hands, fingers and feet
  • Visual perception: understanding what is being seen and using cognition to process this information
  • Visual integration: using vision together with other senses to perform complex tasks

Vision Therapy Center At Eye Trends conducts vision-skills assessments for adolescents and young adults in Houston, Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, and throughout Texas.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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