Behavioural Optometry is an area of optometry practice that requires extra training at the University of New South Wales. Behavioural Optometrists have a special interest in patients with reading & learning difficulties, traumatic brain injury, and binocular vision dysfunction.
If your child is not performing to their potential at school, a Visual Information Processing assessment may be required. This test assesses how your child perceives the things in their visual world and includes all visual, visual-motor and visual perception skills. The test will help to determine if Vision Training will be beneficial for your child.
When assessing your child, generally a full examination of the eyes is best performed first. This allows us to check if your child is using their eyes easily and effectively. Many problems occur with school work because children’s eyes get tired too easily and then lose concentration. Vision training or glasses may be needed to support and improve children’s vision.
Vision training for children is safe and easy to perform. Glasses for children are safe and easy to adapt to and are often not permanent. To help your child perform better at school it is usually best to improve vision first, and then improve eye-focusing and eye-tracking next, then improve visual information processing.
To find out more about Behavioural Optometry or to book a Behavioural Optometry Assessment, please call us on 03 5572 2185. Please note that although schools and medical professionals often refer a child to see a Behavioural Optometrist, a referral is not necessary.
The following websites are good sources of information regarding Behavioural Optometry.