What is Behavioural Optometry?
Behavioural Optometry is an exciting, and relatively new, addition to British Optometry that has contributed significantly to our understanding of the visual aspects of learning. The Behavioural Optometric Model is an extended operational model of the visual system that explores visual performance in much greater depth, particularly in relation to classroom skills, workplace and sporting demands.
When can Behavioural Optometry help?
Behavioural Optometry can generally help when there are symptoms of Visual Stress or Binocular Instability, where there are reading, writing and copy work difficulties that relate to concentration, accuracy, consistency, visual-motor integration (for hand writing), or absorption and retention of content, where there are diagnosed Learning Difficulties or more general classroom and workplace difficulties, where there are symptoms of eye strain from the computer (Computer Vision Syndrome), sporting difficulties (Sports Vision) or symptoms of inadequate visual-motor integration, such as poor coordination (clumsiness) or poor ball skills.
Behavioural Optometry can help visual problems common in:
- Dyspraxia (DCD)
- ADD / ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Eye turns, squints, strabismus
- Lazy eye, amblyopia
- Acquired Brian Injury
- Computer Vision Syndrome
- Avoidance behaviour in the classroom
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you or your child with behavioural optometry please feel free to contact us.