Behavioural Optometry tests visual comfort, visual focus and visual processing – not just eyesight.
Behavioural Optometry is an extended area of practice because it takes into account visual motor and visual cognitive skills. We take a holistic approach to ensure that your eyes have the strength and stamina to cope with the demands you place on them.
The best treatment is prevention and children may only need to wear glasses in conjunction with exercises for a temporary period while a management plan helps to retrain the brain.
Early diagnosis means at-risk children can enjoy normal, healthy brain development and reach their full potential as adults.
What to expect & what to bring?
· Glasses if already wearing them.
· Reports from the school or any other professional(s) you have seen such as an educational psychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist or other optometrist.
· Examples of handwriting or other work that is an issue
· Have other children minded outside of the test room.
What outcomes can you expect?
· Glasses – The optometrist may recommend spectacles to improve ocular focusing, eye turning and tracking.
· Visual therapy – behavioural optometrists may recommend vision therapy to improve visual efficiency & comfort, and to improve visual information processing skills and speed.