Behavioural Optometry & Children's Vision

  

What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural optometry recognises that vision is more complex that just “eyesight” or seeing 20/20 on the letter chart. An individual may have perfect eyesight, however poor visual skills could negatively impact their performance and/or behaviour.

Poor visual performance could manifest as losing one's place when reading, making errors when copying off the board or poor reading comprehension.

Whereas poor visual behaviour could include avoiding reading, reduced attention or adopting poor posture for close-work.  Behavioural optometry is a philosophy guiding the treatment of visual problems with the ultimate goal of improving the affected performance or behaviour.

Children's Vision

While it is important for people of all ages, there is particular focus on school-aged children as this is when vision related issues can critically impact learning and easily go undetected.  

Our behavioural eye examinations include assessment of visual skills such as eye movements/tracking,  focusing ability and eye coordination/alignment. These skills are imperative to efficient, comfortable and sustained vision and therefore contribute to the ease of visual information processing. 

Does your child have a visual dysfunction?

There are numerous signs and symptoms that may indicate a visual dysfunction affecting school performance. 

1 in 5 children have an undetected visual problem, so even if your child has no signs or symptoms we recommend that every child has a comprehensive behavioural vision assessment at least every two years, commencing at preschool age, or sooner if there are any particular concerns.

How are visual dysfunctions managed?

The main goals of a behavioural vision assessment are to:

  • prevent vision problems from developing

  • provide remediation for vision problems that have already developed

  • enhance visual skills needed to achieve more effective visual performance in the classroom

Your behavioural optometrist may recommend treatments including:

  • advice on visual habits to prevent or reduce the development of visual problems

  • prescription of spectacle lenses or prisms

  • vision therapy to enhance and develop visual skills.


In the case that spectacles are required, we have an extensive range of children’s spectacle frames and sunglasses to ensure your child finds the perfect pair!


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Behavioural Optometry & Children's Vision

What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural optometry recognises that vision is more complex that just “eyesight” or seeing 20/20 on the letter chart. An individual may have perfect eyesight, however poor visual skills could negatively impact their performance and/or behaviour.

Poor visual performance could manifest as losing one's place when reading, making errors when copying off the board or poor reading comprehension.

Whereas poor visual behaviour could include avoiding reading, reduced attention or adopting poor posture for close-work.

Behavioural optometry is a philosophy guiding the treatment of visual problems with the ultimate goal of improving the affected performance or behaviour.

Children's Vision

While it is important for people of all ages, there is particular focus on school-aged children as this is when vision related issues can critically impact learning and easily go undetected.  

Our behavioural eye examinations include assessment of visual skills such as eye movements/tracking, focusing ability and eye coordination/alignment. These skills are imperative to efficient, comfortable and sustained vision and therefore contribute to the ease of visual information processing. 

Does your child have a visual dysfunction?

There are numerous signs and symptoms that may indicate a visual dysfunction affecting school performance. 

1 in 5 children have an undetected visual problem, so even if your child has no signs or symptoms we recommend that every child has a comprehensive behavioural vision assessment at least every two years, commencing at preschool age, or sooner if there are any particular concerns.

How are visual dysfunctions managed?

The main goals of a behavioural vision assessment are to:

  • prevent vision problems from developing

  • provide remediation for vision problems that have already developed

  • enhance visual skills needed to achieve more effective visual performance in the classroom

Your behavioural optometrist may recommend treatments including:

  • advice on visual habits to prevent or reduce the development of visual problems

  • prescription of spectacle lenses or prisms

  • vision therapy to enhance and develop visual skills.

In the case that spectacles are required, we have an extensive range of children’s spectacle frames and sunglasses to ensure your child finds the perfect pair!


REQUEST A CONSULTATION

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