Behavioural Optometry is an area is holistic, looking beyond the ability to see to include the ability to comprehend and process information via the eyes and visual system. It is usually connected with kids and developing vision, and for this reason is typically referred to as developmental optometry.
Behavioural Optometry was once considered by conventional Optometry as being somewhere between reading tea leaves and reading palms! When I started behavioural practice a long time ago, I felt like my fellow Optometrists saw me as weird and eccentric, but much has changed since then.
Nowadays other Optometrists send patients they may be unsure about to me! In my area on the Sunshine Coast Behavioural Optometry is being embraced by established practitioners and recognized for what it is, a unique specialty or discipline within our profession which can provide real answers to children struggling at school.
Academic Support for Behavioural Optometry
Academics are actually discovering solid support for what Behavioural practitioners have been working with for years, and this has increased the credibility of this mode of Optometry.
Yet it does not stop there! As a Behavioural Optometrist, I can now supply answers for most patients and many conditions, notably the efforts we’re pursuing to stop the progression of short sightedness or myopia. This means that we don’t have to sit down by and watch our children’s prescriptions get stronger and their lenses thicker through the years! Sometimes we can even reverse it, and the principles we build such treatments on are based upon longstanding Behavioural Optometry premises.
Another area which works well is in the treatment of turned eyes and lazy eyes, where conventional Optometry holds few answers and loads of frustration. As Behavioural Optometrists, we can help the eyes to actually function together.
However, the actual power and attraction of this discipline is in the area of learning disabilities, where we are able to not just increase concentration and decrease frustration in our children, but we could also train them in the skills they need to learn, and hence see rapid and sustained improvement in their learning abilities.
So now could be the time when this branch of this profession is coming into it’s own! There is a sound and powerful tool that can be used to assist children with learning disabilities, turned eyes, lazy eyes and increasing short sightedness, and this tool is known as Behavioural Optometry!