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Visual Perceptual Evaluation

A set of standardized tests is used to evaluate your child’s ability to process visual information. This helps us understand whether your child’s struggles with learning new words, reading and/or math have a visual component. Below are the various aspects of vision that may evaluated. Because vision is a learned skill, we can train and improve the accuracy and efficiency of visual perception through a program of vision therapy.

The following areas may be assessed:

  • Visual Processing GamesVisualization – the ability to form mental image and the ability to manipulate details in one’s mind. Important in reading comprehension and math.
  • VisualMotor Integration – evaluates the ability to match motor output with visual input. Crucial for handwriting accuracy and efficiency.
  • Visual Sequential Memory – the ability to remember objects or words in the sequence they appear. Deficit in this area may result in misreading words such as ‘saw’ and ‘was.’
  • Spatial Orientation – required in understanding and recognizing the direction of objects. Deficit in this area lead to letter (b, d, p, q) and number (6 vs. 9) reversals.
  • Spatial relations – the ability to perceive the position of two or more objects in relation to each other and in relation to oneself. An important skill in problem-solving, high-level math, and proper spacing between words when writing a sentence.
  • Visual Discrimination – the ability to differentiate between two similar looking objects, shapes or words such as ‘horse’ and ‘house.’
  • Visual Closure – ability to visualize a complete whole when given incomplete information or a partial picture. Important skill in speed reading and math.
  • Visual Perception Checklist
Visual Perception Checklist

To the Patients of Mill Valley Optometry

Due to “shelter in place” and in accordance to the California Optometric Association, our office will be closed at least through April 7th. We expect this situation may extend through April. However, we will be able to receive calls and make future vision appointments.

You may reach us through email at or leave a message at 415-381-2020.

If you have an urgent or emergency eye care need, please call me directly at 415-250-3925. I will arrange a referral or decide if it is appropriate for me to see you at my office.

During this time, it is important to remember to focus on things we can control. Taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is important for the welfare of our staff, patients, and community. For information and updates on COVID-19, we recommend reviewing the information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here:

Thank you for your support of Mill Valley Optometry.

Dr. Eliot Kaplan, OD