Welcome to John Glover Optometrist
A Centre for Neuro-Developmental and Behavioural Optometry
We hope the website gives you all the information you need on the range of services we provide. We are qualified Optometrists, registered with the General Optical Council and the National Health Service. We provide a full range of Optometric Services including sight tests, contact lenses and vision therapy.
However, our specialism is in Neuro-Developmental and Behavioural Optometry. We work with young people with educational difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. We also help people who have difficulties due to brain or eye injury or problems with double vision or lazy eyes.
Some of these services are on the NHS but unfortunately most of our specialist services are only available privately. We know that many of you have significant problems with your sight, for many from an early age, for others in adulthood. We have extensive experience of successfully working with a wide range of difficulties. Many of our success stories are from individuals, parents and carers who never thought that they could find solutions to their problems. We might not always have the answers straight away but we definitely listen and support you if we think we might help in any way.
What we do
For a child with with mild dyslexia who has some skills but struggles to keep up might be helped by the above BUT a child with basic and profound problems where their skills are at a very low level with find little benefit. In these cases it is necessary to start with the basics and teach or guide people to develop these visual skills. Vision training is offered in blocks of six sessions.
These sessions are one to one and last half an hour. We teach four separate procedures which the patient takes home to practice. Some patients will be able to do this without help, most will need a mentor to encourage and offer help where required. It is important that the procedures are repeated daily. It is no use doing a procedure once and then leaving it for a week. A few minutes per procedure each day is all that is required. patients are seen fortnightly to allow them to progress.
What is a behavioural optometrist?
Behavioural optometry is a type of complementary and alternative medicine which encompasses a number of unorthodox ideas and practices related to visual processes. In general, behavioural optometrists attempt to improve vision and well-being using eye exercises and lenses in ways which depart from conventional optometry.