Behavioural optometry is an expanded area of optometric practice.
A behavioural optometrist has a holistic approach in the treatment of vision and vision information processing problems. A Behavioural optometrist believes that your visual status and the way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on the clarity of your eyesight. Consideration must be given to all your visual, visual motor and visual perceptual skills. In this way your behavioural optometrist will not only consider the remediation 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.
Goals of Behavioural Optometric Care
- To develop and enhance the visual skills needed to achieve more affective visual performance (classroom, sports, workplace).
- To provide remediation or compensation for vision or eye problems that have already developed (eg. eye turn, shortsightedness etc).
- To prevent vision and eye problems from developing.
To achieve these goals your Behavioural Optometrist may recommend the following :
- Advice on visual hygiene techniques to prevent or reduce the development of possible eye problems.
- Appropriate and judicial care of spectacle lenses and prisms.
- Vision therapy to enhance and develop visual skills that are poorly or inadequately developed.
- Other optical aids such as occlusive techniques and the use of tints/colour.
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