Standard optometry looks at what letters you can see on a chart, whereas behavioural optometry takes things a step further and looks at the way your brain interprets what you are seeing. It is a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the physical, neurological, and developmental aspects of vision and can therefore treat difficulties that standard optometry cannot.
Of the five senses, vision is the most dominant. Over 80% of learning occurs through the visual system, which means that even subtle issues can have a major impact on your efficiency and performance.
The great news is that once a Behavioural Optometrist has identified which parts of your visual system are not working efficiently, with practice and willingness, new visual skills can be quickly learnt and developed, regardless of age.
This is important especially if your quality of life is being effected by other vision problems that are not as evident in a standard eye test.
A specialist behavioural optometry assessment is carried out which includes checks for retained primitive reflexes and visual stress. Then depending on the results of the assessment, a highly individualised solution using involving regular vision therapy sessions may be recommended. Home vision therapy is also available where suitable and required.
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