Behavioural Optometry is a specialisation within Optometry that focuses attention on the quality of visual skills rather than just the ability to “see”. It investigates how the brain, eyes and body work together as a team and although we are born with a pair of eyes, the process of understanding what we see is a learned skill. Watch our video briefing
Vision develops throughout life to become the dominant information gathering and processing system of the body and Behavioural Optometry explores how efficiently we have developed the necessary visual skills and whether they are resilient enough to cope with intense near work demands of both the classroom and office.
Behavioural Optometry can help with symptoms of visual stress and binocular instability, including:-
To understand the importance of Behavioural Optometry it is necessary to understand the difference between sight and vision. Optometrists define sight as the ability of the eyes to identify detail (20/20 or 6/6 vision). Vision, however, describes a more dynamic and interactive process, essentially a whole INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, which includes the brain.
For further reading, download our guide ‘Pyramid of Visual Skills’ here.
Ruth has helped many people with a variety of problems. Patients were told that nothing could be done. Sometimes they think that these problems are due to other causes; AD(H)D, reading and learning disabilities, when in fact, vision is at the root of their difficulties.
Often many factors contribute to their struggles and vision is one of the major causes. In most cases we find that treating the vision problem plays a crucial role in their overall treatment, the results, or indeed improvement after brain injury.