Behavioural Optometry takes a whole body approach to the treatment of vision. It is based on the understanding that vision is more than seeing the smallest letter on the chart. Vision is using the eyes efficiently so one can read for prolonged periods of time without discomfort or eyestrain. It also involves the following visual processes when it comes to understanding what you see:
Localisation: Where is the object of attention?
Identification: What is the object?
Visual-Auditory: How does what I see tie in with language?
Visual-Motor: How does what I see tie in with movement?
Poor visual processing can affect one’s ability to use one’s eyes to track across the page (localisation), remember the alphabets (identification), match phonemes with graphemes (visual-auditory) and handwriting (visual-motor).
Spectacle lenses can be prescribed to support or train the way we see. We can also offer vision therapy to address problems that are related to eye efficiency, vision related learning difficulties, some eye turns and lazy eyes.
What sets a Behavioural Optometrist apart is their whole body approach to vision and this means our optometrists have undertaken further education in how vision interacts with motor development, auditory processing and psychology.