University of Edinburgh

Functional Assessment of Vision

Presented on Friday 5 May 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 23; Number of Respondents: 21

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise



Content and supplementary material



How will you use what you have learned today?
Awareness of different contrast sensitivity tests, different tests for Visual Acuity (VA). Take the above and try to incorporate into clinical situation and enhance functional vision assessments.
To enable assessment of Functional Vision (FV) in class. 1st steps.
As basis to adapt assessments for use with pupils with more complex needs.
Has given me more confidence and knowledge about testing pupils' vision.
Use observation more.
Buy some more assessments. It has been helpful to see what is available and what would be most useful.
Gives me more confidence to assess various aspects of children's vision.
Different technique for one or two tests. Try to get LogMAR/contrast test and Cortical Visual Screen.
Report back to all members of sensory team.
I will use info to decide on tests to use. Gained knowledge about tests.
To improve my skills in using assessment tests for new referrals and continue on-going assessment.
Hoping to become involved in functional vision assessment in near future therefore good to have knowledge of system and tests available.
More awareness for my current role and how to get benefit from particular test methods and know what they mean.
Cascading information to colleagues.
It will help me in my VI course work.
In assessing children with VI problems in own area.
General - assessment of pupils. In particular - a pupil going to secondary this year.
With children I support.
I will use tips I have learned today when testing functional vision in schools/playgroups.
The wide range of examples of tests, with the opportunity to use them was very valuable. Excellent information in participants' pack and supplementary information.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Practical time. Review of list of aims of functional assessment/7 areas to look at.  Supplementary information very good.
Confirmation that observation is a key fact. Type of tests available.
Access to the tools for FVA
Explaining why we test the pupils and the demonstrations of how the Snellen/LogMAR are used.
Pace was good. Able to look at materials/test. Meeting other professionals.
The demonstrations of the Tests.
Detailed explanation of LogMAR.
Approachability of presenters and atmosphere of mutual exploring fostered by them and personal anecdotes and what they actually do.
I enjoyed the whole day, and everything was very relevant to the job I'm doing at the moment.
Information about FVA and trying out tests.
Balance of delivery of information on FA and practical hands-on session.
Hands-on look at available tests.
Practical component.
All very good.
Discussion of the acuity tests - particularly explanations about LogMAR.
Good content material provided in pack.
The presenters knew exactly what they were talking about. Extremely relevant in classroom situation.
Presented in very simple plain language which I could understand - no jargon!
Good practical advice. It was useful having the chance to ask for advice about testing visual field.  I had the chance to study test materials I had not seen before.
Liked small number of participants.  Easy to ask questions.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
What is available for assessing older pupils?
DVD/video of tests being carried out.
It was just right - well done!
Maybe demonstrating the tests in first part of afternoon quickly using language you would use with a child and someone writing results on board.
Big range of prior knowledge/experience - pitch of information not always appropriate to everyone.
More time to practise on test methods.
More information about assessment of MDVI.
More time for questions - but the course itself answered all my questions.
A video or practical demonstration involving VI children of some things would have enhanced verbal presentation.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Useful well presented course.
Information about other courses and meeting others in this area of expertise was refreshing.
DVD of tests being carried out??
Very helpful.
Enjoyable, reassuring, stimulating and gave you the feeling of being part of evolving knowledge.
Useful to have video/DVD of tests being carried out.
Well organised - catering good.
Both speakers were very interesting and were able to describe testing clearly.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 3; Yes 18; No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response ; Likely 21; Less Likely

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
For older pupils.  For MDVI.
I am not working as a VI teacher but there are VI pupils in our sensory service.  I would be interested in a  more focused approach to VI in service ie, directed reading leading to a written paper - Option eg, to choose/be given a specific FV Test and consider the application with a particular age group.
Visual Perception (a course on).
How to produce a detailed plan/structure for visual stimulation/response for MDVI children of various ages using a multisensory room/switches/beam breakers, lights etc. . . . . frequency of use, length of sessions, what are we trying to achieve etc. Expect this to be a 2 day course with practical set-up.
Maths Braille for upper primary. Transition Primary - Secondary (Mainstream).
Teaching methods for Braille users. Transition to Mainstream Secondary for Braille users.
What medical conditions do children having FVA have. What LVAs etc are given to assessed children.
Multisensory curriculum.
Visual dyslexia. The impact of light (intensity and wavelength) on vision, particularly visual acuity. Cognitive visual problems where the eye functions but information is not processed in a form usable by the person.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components: very useful = 1; not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes