University of Edinburgh

Functional Vision Assessment

Presented in Dublin on 11 March 2010

FVA Report

Janis Sugden, Scottish Sensory Centre

Report by Teacher of the Visually impaired on:

  • Name,
  • DOB,
  • Address & details,
  • School/Placement,
  • Stage,
  • Address & details of key person,
  • Name of referrer and reason for referral.
  • Name of Eye condition: Brief summary visual diagnosis( if appropriate)
  • Date of last visit to eye specialist and brief summary of report.
  • Any advice eg; correction.
  • Visual Acuity figures etc.
  • Details and dates of assessments
  • Visual Acuity: with/without correction
  • Distance Vision, assessment used, right eye, left eye and both eyes.
  • Near Vision.
  • Print Size: Assessment; Print/symbol size that allows the student to sustain reading or viewing for a certain period of time from a specific distance.
  • Contrast Sensitivity
  • Colour Vision
  • Field Loss; based on observations functional use of peripheral and central vision. Observation of head tilt, abnormal positioning etc.
  • Include if applicable:-
  • use of vision in a variety of lighting situations. eg; indoors , outdoors, different times of day etc.
  • Light sensitivity preferred lighting for reading, reaction to glare, reaction to changes of light eg; going indoors from playground.
  • Use of printed materials: Identification of 'crowded symbols' , tracking ability; reading print on a line.
  • Figure/ground discrimination
  • Fluctuation in vision.


  • Examples of print size, layout and adaptations of materials and resources. (print, Braille, other tactile auditory or combination)
  • Usefulness of non optical low vision aids (video magnifiers, computer modifications etc.)


  • NB: any concerns regarding the child's ability to move around safely and confidently should be referred to a mobility specialist for further assessment.
  • Speech & language, OT, physio etc.

Copies to whole team.

Take time to discuss findings with the pupil/ child.