behavioral

WHAT IS BEHAVIOURAL OPTOMETRY?

Behavioural optometry is a holistic approach to eyecare, and states that there is more to “vision” than just your “eyesight”. Vision involves processing information from both eyes and using this to interpret our environment. Many children who are experiencing problems in the classroom have clear “eyesight” but are unable to effectively use their “vision” due to poorly developed visual skills.

 

Your behavioural optometrist is interested in vision as a learned process. Most people are born with healthy eyes, but in the process of growing up there may be some gaps in the development of their visual systems. Vision Therapy is the careful selection of tasks that provide the visual system with the learning experiences it needs to fill those gaps.

WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?

  • Vision Therapy is the process of developing visual skills to either fill in a gap in the normal development process, or to help improve the efficiency, accuracy and stamina of the visual system.

  • Each individual will have different visual demands, so each Vision Therapy program is customised to meet your specific needs.

  • Whilst vision therapy is predominantly targeted towards children, adults can also benefit from it. For example, some adults who have suffered brain injury or stroke may need to ‘re-learn’ vision.

  • Visual skills required for learning include:

    • Eye movement control—The child needs to be able to follow moving objects smoothly, accurately and effortlessly.
    • Eye focus skills—Is it easy for the child to change focus from near objects to distance objects and back again? Can the child look at near objects for lengthy periods of time without fatigue or losing focus?
    • Eye teaming skills—How well do the eyes work together? If they team well, the child has accurate clear information from both eyes, without fatigue.

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