Visual Perception

Visual perception skills refer to the skills developed from experience - relating size, shape, texture, location and distances. It allows the interpretation of what is seen.

Sight is the ability to see clearly.
Vision is the ability to use and manipulate that sight.
Visual perception is the ability to interpret and use the vision skills.

You can have good sight and yet have difficulty concentrating and applying these skills. It is important to realise that reading and writing difficulties are not signs of intelligence. For example, you can have good intelligence and poor ability to read and undertake written language tasks. Likewise, you can be of moderate intelligence and yet have the necessary processing skills to read and do written language tasks.

When we assess patients, particularly those with perceived learning delays, we need to know not only how well they see and how easily they move their eyes, we also need to know how well they process, store and utilise previously seen visual information.

A child is likely to have visual processing delays if they:

  • Present as being good verbally but poor with written information.
  • Are slow to learn new words
  • Can sound out words but not recognise them when seen again
  • Seem to be inaccurate copying
  • Have poor error recognition - despite checking their work
  • Lose their place reading
  • Have spatial / directional difficulties - reversals of letters and numbers, sequencing errors, lack of spacing when writing, poor size in writing.

If you are interested in a visual perception assessment, we normally recommend an initial eye examination with any of our optometrists before proceeding.