Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
605 South Broadway Portland TN 37148 615-325-2020
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Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
4322 Harding Pike Suite 214 Nashville TN 37205 615-258-7124
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Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
1715 West Main St. Suite 100 Lebanon TN 37087 615-235-6278
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Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
105 Main Street Lafayette TN 37083 615-552-1707
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Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
715 E. McMurry Blvd Hartsville TN 37074 615-552-1143
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Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee
165 Indian Lake Blvd. Suite 108 Hendersonville TN 37075 615-265-1941
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Perceptual Skills, Part I

Last week Dr. Durocher and I were chatting about perceptual skills and what each meant. Before starting Vision Therapy, we evaluate every child through a Perceptual Motor Evaluation (PME). It is about 1.5 hours of testing and we examine each perceptual skill. Each of the seven sets can cause an array of problems so over the blog posts, we’ll go into details about each.

Here are the seven perceptual skills:
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Visual Memory
  • Spatial Relations
  • Form Constancy
  • Sequential Memory
  • Figure Ground
  • Visual Closure

In today’s blog, let’s discuss visual discrimination.

Visual discrimination lets us see differences between objects that are similar. For example, when we read, it’s visual discrimination that let’s us see that the words “was” and “saw” are different, even though they have the same letters.

There are many different stages to visual discrimination:

  1. Difficulty with vowels in words; ex. went and want, ride or rode, horse and house, confused and confessed.
  2. Difficulty with consonants in words; ex. then and when, would and could, ever and even, and presents and prevents.
  3. Reversals are displayed; ex. was and saw, big and dig, spot and stop, conserve and conversed.
  4. But the most common problem for our students is they do not focus on individual letters of a word; ex. when as then, then as when. They often skip over the initial letter sound.
Does your child confuse similar words? If so, there is a solution! Through Vision Therapy we can develop good visual discrimination skills. We can teach students to establish consistent left-right eye movements and how to focus on the differences in similar words. Stay tuned next time because we will review Visual Memory!

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Portland Location

Our Portland location is located on South Broadway between Portland East Middle School & Ace Hardware. Call or schedule your appointment online now!

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  • 605 South Broadway
  • Portland, TN 37148
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Portland Location

Our Portland location is located on South Broadway between Portland East Middle School & Ace Hardware. Call or schedule your appointment online now!

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  • 605 South Broadway
  • Portland, TN 37148
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nashville Location

Visit our Nashville office, located in the Belle Meade Hill Center.

  • 4322 Harding Pike Suite 214
  • Nashville, TN 37205
  • Monday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Nashville Location

Visit our Nashville office, located in the Belle Meade Hill Center.

  • 4322 Harding Pike Suite 214
  • Nashville, TN 37205
  • Monday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Lebanon Location

Visit our Lebanon office in Lebanon Center, just off Main Street.

  • 1715 West Main St. Suite 100
  • Lebanon, TN 37087
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Lebanon Location

Visit our Lebanon office in Lebanon Center, just off Main Street.

  • 1715 West Main St. Suite 100
  • Lebanon, TN 37087
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Lafayette Location

Our Lafayette office is located on the square by Macon Helps. We are proud to serve the surrounding areas including Red Boiling Springs, Hartsville, and Westmoreland.

  • 105 Main Street
  • Lafayette, TN 37083
  • Monday1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • WednesdayBy Appointment
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Lafayette Location

Our Lafayette office is located on the square by Macon Helps. We are proud to serve the surrounding areas including Red Boiling Springs, Hartsville, and Westmoreland.

  • 105 Main Street
  • Lafayette, TN 37083
  • Monday1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • WednesdayBy Appointment
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Hartsville Location

Our Hartsville office is located at the corner of McMurry Boulevard and Driver Circle.

  • 715 E. McMurry Blvd.
  • Hartsville, TN 37074
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Hartsville Location

Our Hartsville office is located at the corner of McMurry Boulevard and Driver Circle.

  • 715 E. McMurry Blvd.
  • Hartsville, TN 37074
  • Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Hendersonville Location

Our Hendersonville office is conveniently located in the Indian Lake Professional Building on Indian Lake Blvd.

Please Note: The office closes from 12-1 every day for lunch.

  • 165 Indian Lake Blvd. Suite 108
  • Hendersonville, TN 37075
  • Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayBy Appointment Only
  • SundayClosed
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Hendersonville Location

Our Hendersonville office is conveniently located in the Indian Lake Professional Building on Indian Lake Blvd.

Please Note: The office closes from 12-1 every day for lunch.

  • 165 Indian Lake Blvd. Suite 108
  • Hendersonville, TN 37075
  • Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SaturdayBy Appointment Only
  • SundayClosed
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