Behavioural Optometry and Vision

Did you know that 80% of learning is through vision?
Behavioural optometry is more than just checking if you can see clearly.  It is an expanded area of practice because it takes into account visual motor and visual processing skills.

We take a holistic approach to ensure that your child has the strength and stamina to keep up with all the near demands placed on them.

We do this by assessing how their eyes and brain processes visual information, and use it to measure how this processing affects your child’s performance and behaviour.

Our exams include a comprehensive review of learning related skills: focusing, teaming, tracking  and vision information processing skills


What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural optometry is a whole-body approach to vision care.  The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear your eyesight is.  A behavioural optometrist has a special interest in vision beyond the eye-ball.

Your behavioural optometrist will not only consider the treatment of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of prevention, protection and enhancement of your visual system in order to improve all aspects of your visual performance.  Some behavioural optometrists focus on particular areas of practice such as children’s vision, sports vision, education and learning difficulties, stroke and head injury, parkinson’s disease or even preventing short sightedness.

Functional Vision Problems Can’t Be Detected by Vision Screening

Did you know that 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision problem that affects their ability to learn? According to the American Association of Optometry vision screening was found to miss 73% of visual problems in children! It is feared that our reliance on vision screening may be too little, too late. The association goes on to explain that vision screening has plagued our education, serving as major contributive factors to children’s inability to perform and conform to the demands of school. A child lacking in visual skills may have problems reading, writing, or even behavioural issues even if they have so called “20/20 eyesight”.

Nearly all tasks a child is asked to perform in the classroom depend on good visual skills; visual skills that can only be assessed through a behavioural optometric eye exam.  We don’t only assesses for clarity of vision, but also functional visual skills such as eye tracking, eye focussing, eye teaming, and visual information processing.

So is your child cool for school? has their ability to process visual information in the classroom been checked? Let our behavioural optometrists help you find out.

Medicare and Behavioural Optometry

Most consultations provided by behavioural optometrists, including the initial consultation, attract a Medicare rebate. At the time of examination, your behavioural optometrist will be able to advise you of any associated fees and charges that will not be covered by Medicare.

Is There Evidence That Behavioural Optometry Works?

Yes, there is!

The concept of Behavioural Optometry is supported by a substantial body of research spanning many decades and continents. Clinical evidence is substantial and rigorous, and growing as a result of the output of new generations of clinicians, academics and researchers. Here is a selection but this is by no means the sum of all research available.

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