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What is Behavioural Optometry?

Optometrists are highly trained to detect eye disease and provided lenses to improve the focus of the eye. We are all sometimes guilty of treating the eyes as little more than a camera, which is a gross oversimplification.

Have you ever wondered why some people can read faster than others?

why do people complain of tired eyes when reading ?

Why do some people love reading and others don’t?

Think for a moment what your eyes have to do when you read. Do they really just have to provide a clear image of the text? Well of course, but that would only allow you to see one or two letters. To see a word needs a ‘jump’ or ‘refixation’. To read a sentence needs many. Then a jump back to the beginning of the next line. Different size text means a different size jump!

How about catching a ball?

You don’t need to see it clearly but you do need to know how fast it is travelling and be able to direct your hands and body to intercept it in mis flight. These skills we often take for granted or admit that we have poor skills without asking the reasons why.

Behavioural Optometry teaches us to look at the eyes as much more than a camera but as a means of us communicating and interacting with the world and directing our actions in that world.

We offer a wide range of services that provide a diagnosis and management of vision disorders, including eye movement, focus, binocular eye co-ordination and visual perceptual deficits that interfere with the learning process. 

Behavioural Optometry tests visual comfort, visual focus and visual processing – not just eyesight.

The best treatment is prevention and children may only need to wear glasses in conjunction with exercises for a temporary period while a management plan helps to retrain the brain.

Early diagnosis means at-risk children can enjoy normal, healthy brain development and reach their full potential as adults.
Symptoms, such as red and itchy eyes, blurry words, headaches and concentration problems disappear within a relatively short period of time.

Our treatments include spectacles, coloured lenses and vision therapy including, gross motor, fine motor and visual information processing.