Even children with excellent vision can have vision related learning difficulties. Kosmac & Clemens provides a specialized service for children that have specific learning disabilities. These tests are referred to as Visual Information Processing or VIP tests. They differ from a normal eye test and take a full hour to perform. Our Children’s Vision Clinic is centrally located at our Bendigo practice and services all of Central Victoria.

A general eye test is required to be performed before the VIP appointment. If this has been done with another optometrist please ensure you bring with you a referral letter to avoid any extra costs.

The VIP tests examine:

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

Following the examination, you will be asked to come back to discuss the results. This appointment takes between 30-60 minutes.

The optometrist will discuss all options available. You will be provided with all the information required for exercises to improve the child’s visual information processing skills.

If the child has dyslexia or a language-based difficulty the optometrist will suggest referral to appropriate specialists such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists or educational psychologists.

The fee for this specialized clinic is heavily subsidized and is currently at $299 or $269 with a Health Care Card.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.