Vision is more than just seeing the lowest line of letters on the eye test chart!
Would you agree that a person’s visual ability to drive a car is more than just being able to clearly see a number plate at 20.5 meters? Equally important are peripheral awareness, eye-hand & foot coordination, multiple controls, depth perception, speed perception, and hazard perception.
Similarly, students use vision to accurately see what’s on the board; process, understand and retain what they have read; and direct their pencil or pen precisely on their notebook!
For about 80% of the population, standard Optometry works just perfectly.
People have issues due to refractive errors, such as long/short-sightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia (age-related reading difficulties), or eye-related pathology, and standard Optometry is well equipped to deal with these situations.
Behavioural Optometry is an Optometry specialisation that investigates how well vision is processed rather than just the ability to see the ’20/20′ line. It explores how the brain, eyes, and body work together as a team to make sense of light rather than just looking at the eyes in isolation, both for adults and children.
Although we are born with the ability to hear, we are not born with the ability to process language; language is gained via a learning process as a child grows.
The same is true with vision; we are born with vision, but processing the ‘language’ of vision is a learnt process. Vision and visual processing (making sense of our vision) become stronger as a child grows and eventually become the body’s leading source of information.
Behavioural Optometry assesses how the whole body, brain and eyes function together rather than just considering the eyes in isolation.
20% of the population have problems processing the vision they receive from their eyes. This can impact students in the classroom, people at work, or athletes engaging in sports. There is no fundamental problem with their eyes; they have simply not developed the control and skill they need to use their visual system well in particular situations.
For these people, the more holistic approach that Behavioural Optometry offers may offer some explanations and solutions for their difficulties.
Behavioural Optometry treatments fall into five categories:
To support the visual system and trigger growth and development within the visual system.
Binocular Vision Assessment
A whole battery of tests assesses how both eyes work together to provide single binocular vision, otherwise also known as eye teaming.
Advice for arranging working conditions and compensations to support the visual system.