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Even children with excellent eyesight can have vision-related learning difficulties. As your dedicated children’s optometrists in Bendigo and Woodend, our team can provide a specialised testing service for children with specific learning disabilities.

This test is referred to as a Visual Information Processing test or VIP test. It differs from a normal eye test and takes a full hour to perform.

Book your standard children’s eye test in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Maryborough, or Woodend today, and then come and visit one of our Children’s Vision Clinics. Our Children’s Vision Clinics are centrally located at our Bendigo and Woodend practices and service all of Central Victoria.

Children’s Eye Tests: The VIP

For assistance with learning difficulties and children’s vision in Bendigo and Central Victoria, come and visit our Children’s Vision Clinic for a VIP test.

Looking beyond your child’s eyesight and prescription, the VIP test considers many aspects of behavioural optometry. Each VIP test includes:

Eye Tracking
Left-right awareness and reversal recognition
Visual perception
Visual motor integration
Memory: sequential visual, sequential auditory and abstract visualization
Auditory analysis
Rapid automatic naming of numbers

A general eye test is mandatory for your child prior to VIP testing. If this has been done with another optometrist, please ensure you bring your referral letter to your appointment to avoid any extra costs.

Follow-Up Appointment with a Behavioural Optometrist

Following the VIP examination, you will be asked to come back and discuss the results with our behavioural optometrist in Bendigo or Woodend.

In this 30 to 60-minute appointment, we will discuss your child’s results and outline all the options available. If we recommend exercises to improve your child’s visual information processing skills, you will be provided with all the information required to assist your child.

If your child has dyslexia or a language-based learning difficulty, our team can help connect you with other appropriate specialists, such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, or educational psychologists.

The fee for our specialised Children’s Vision Clinic is heavily subsidised and is currently priced at $299 or $269 with a Health Care Card.

Identifying Vision-Related Learning Difficulties

Vision plays a large role in our everyday lives, especially while we are learning in classroom settings. If your child’s visual skills are not fully developed, they may struggle with common classroom tasks such as scanning text, focusing in class, and up-close reading. These visual problems may be present even if your child has 20/20 vision.

A Visual Information Processing test with Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists may improve your child’s classroom experience and help to identify underlying learning disabilities.

If you are concerned about your child’s vision or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us today.