A behavioural optometrist understands that vision is different to eyesight. Eyesight is seeing letters on an eyechart, vision is something that is developed over time. It requires efficient functioning of the eyes, development of visual perceptual skills and integration of what we see with other senses.
A behavioural optometrist will check clarity of sight at distance and near; the ability to align and focus the eyes; tracking and eye movements; processing of visual information, ability to sustain focus; eye teaming and the health of the eyes. Patients of all ages can benefit from a behavioural optometry examination.
A child with a vision problem may experience difficulty learning to read and write that is not necessarily related to intelligence. One of the goals of Behavioural Optometry is assessment of functional vision and visual perception, and possible vision therapy to develop these skills to age-appropriate levels, so the child can achieve to their potential. Talk to our behavioural optometrist for further information.
Learn more here about the five visual processing skills required for efficient learning in the classroom.