Behavioural Optometry

At Helen Summers Optometrist, our staff can assist you and your child with behavioural optometry services.

What is behavioural optometry?

Behavioural optometry looks at the relationship between the eyes and the brain, to determine if there is a problem with the way the brain is receiving a visual message.

How can it help?

Behavioural optometrists can treat young children with vision difficulties, which may be affecting their ability to read and learn. Behavioural Optometry is an approach to vision care that strives to maximise a person's visual efficiency. Your optometrist will perform an in-depth examination of your child's visual abilities and make recommendations for visual training exercises.

Behavioural Optometry Examinations

The examination will assess focusing skills, eye teaming (the ability to use both eyes together) and eye movement control. The behavioural optometry examination also evaluates the individual's skill in utilising the visual process to develop spatial judgements (know where things are) and process visual information (understand what you see).

If the assessment reveals areas of concern, your optometrist may recommend vision exercises. These become the building blocks to assist your child's learning.

Some examples of the vision exercises we may recommend include:

  • Visual thinking and memory
  • Organising space
  • Eye movements
  • Visual motor integration
  • Attention and sequencing

For further information on Behavioural optometry visit the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists

Signs of a Possible Vision Problem:

  • Your child holds books within 7 or 8 inches of their eyes.
  • Your child has a short attention span when reading, choosing only shorter pieces or becoming fatigued during reading.
  • Your child complains of headaches, blurred vision or double vision.
  • When reading, your child moves their head back and forth, rather than moving their eyes.
  • Homework takes longer to do, or your child has problems recalling the information they have read.
  • Reading leads to subvocalisation, murmuring or silent moving of lips.
  • Your child has trouble with ball sports.

If you have noticed any of these signs, an assessment with a behavioural optometrist can help uncover potential vision difficulties. Book a consultation today.