What Is A Sensory Motor Evaluation?

Sensory means how the eyes perceive the vision and how the brain utilizes this visually acquired information. Motor refers to how each of the eye’s 6 extraocular muscles controls the eye movements and how they are coordinated with the other eye.

The sensory motor evaluation is a special ophthalmologic procedure that may be performed in addition to the complete eye examination. Pediatric ophthalmologists perform this procedure often because we are specialists in strabismus. Strabismus refers to those states of the eyes when they are not properly aligned. A sensory motor examination consists of multiple measurements of the ocular alignment positions and may include tests of fusion and binocular (3D) vision.

A sensory motor evaluation detects, assesses, monitors, and/or manages strabismic conditions including esotropia, exotropia, and hypertropia. These conditions can have important visual, developmental, and/or systemic implications. The sensory motor evaluation is necessary to diagnose strabismus, in follow-up to detect improvement or progression in the strabismic condition, and also to determine whether optical correction is affecting the strabismic condition. Information from the sensory motor examination is used to plan medical, optical, and surgical treatments.

As with all special ophthalmologic procedures, this procedure is billed separately from the overall examination.

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