Defining Behavioural Optometry involves understanding vision and how it is different from eyesight. Eyesight essentially refers to how clearly we can see. Vision however uses information from all the senses, hearing, smell, touch and even taste, combines this with information provided via eyesight and processes it to create a complete image of the world around us.
Not all optometrists practice Behavioural Optometry, Behavioural Optometrists spend years in post-graduate and continuing education to assess and work to eliminate visual problems and enhance visual performance. This is why Behavioural Optometry care involves more than just measuring your eyes on the chart.
- Measurement of focus and eye coordination function
- Measurement of distance focus, especially if there are symptoms of blurred distance vision
- Assessment and treatment of lazy eye (amblyopia) and turned eye (strabismus)
- Assessment and treatment of development of tracking eye movement abilities for reading fluency
- Assessment and treatment of a child’s developed skills of vision perception, or processing, to ensure these abilities are normally developed for their age
- Assessment and management of visual issues associated with health and neurological conditions, such as stroke and head injury, Parkinson’s disease, or concussion and whiplash.
Vision is vital in our daily lives. Having perfect eyesight does not mean we will automatically be able to follow words across a page to read effectively, or be able to catch or kick a ball well. Unlike eyesight, vision is learned, so therefore we are able to re-learn or train the brain to interpret information more effectively to improve our vision. Our Behavioural Optometrists use a variety of tools to achieve our goals, including the use of spectacle lenses, exercises and in-office therapy with our accredited Vision Therapists.
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