Following your comprehensive eye examination at Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., your doctor (who is a developmental/behavioral optometrist) may prescribe the DVA or other specialty testing.
The DVA consists of a series of tests that are designed to identify strengths or weaknesses in the areas of visual information processing including visual motor integration, visual perception (including visual memory, form perception, visual discrimination, directionality/laterality, auditory/visual integration), perceptual motor abilities, auditory analysis screening, tracking and gross motor screening.
The time required for the DVA is typically about 1.5 hours (depending on the patient’s responses) and is administered by one of our vision therapists. At the completion of this testing, scores will be tabulated and then presented at your consultation time (typically scheduled at a different time).
A consultation (scheduled at a different time) with one of the doctors, the patient and/or the parents should be scheduled. Dr. Hellerstein has more than 40 years of experience of helping the patient/family understand the testing and how it relates to his/her performance in school, sports and confidence.
Options will be discussed as to whether vision therapy might be helpful or if a referral to another professional (such as tutor, psychologist, etc.) is appropriate.
A written summary is also included that is useful for parents, educators, doctors, and others working with the patient.