University of Edinburgh

Functional Assessment of Vision

Presented 19-20 March 2008

FVA Report What should be included?

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 nonoptical 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.

FVA Report
Copies to whole team.
Take time to discuss findings with the pupil/ child.