Vision Assessments

RIDBC provides specialist vision assessments to determine vision development and degree of vision impairment, as well as functional assessments to determine the best support strategies, vision aids and learning environments for your child.

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Specialist, holistic care

RIDBC specialists work closely with your family and your existing health professionals to help you understand and support your child’s vision impairment and navigate the support options available to you.

Assessments are conducted by experienced orthoptists, specialist eye health professionals, who provide care for people with eye disorders. Our orthoptists are experienced in working with children and adults and can assist with assessment from birth onwards.

What vision assessments does RIDBC provide?

We can assist with the following assessment from birth and older:

  • Assessments to confirm whether your vision is developing within expected range
  • Functional assessments to determine how clearly you can see
  • Low vision aid assessment to determine the vision aids that will best support you
  • Environmental assessments of your child’s educational setting to ensure that it is a safe and accessible learning environment for your child
  • Assessment of and strategies to maximise residual vision to increase independence in accessing visual information in daily life.

Assistive Technology

There are many assistive technologies available to support you or your child at home, in an educational setting and in the community, and use of these technologies is often linked to improved outcomes. Our assistive technology consultants will work with you to determine the technologies that will best support your goals. These may include:

  • Screen readers
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Refreshable braille displays
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) solutions for reading hardcopy print.

How much do assessments cost?

In many cases, these assessments are covered by your NDIS plan. You can discuss funding options when making your appointment.