Eyesight is a complex function and there are some visual conditions that are best tackled with more than just a new pair of glasses or contact lenses. This is where a treatment called Behavioural Optometry can help.

Many common eye disorders require practical training techniques or strategies to improve them. These include:

  • Eye movement disorders
  • Inefficiency in using both eyes together
  • Misalignment of the eyes
  • Lazy eye
  • Focusing problems

In addition, Behavioural Optometry can tackle issues with visual information processing. This isn’t about sight itself, but the ability to interpret what has been seen. When we see, we also need to accurately and quickly analyse what we’ve seen, and be able to store that information for recall.  The type of conditions that are affected by this issue include:

  • Visual information processing disorders
  • Visual sensory and motor integration
  • Inefficient visual information processing (as can be experienced after having a traumatic brain injury or stroke)

So, if visual processing is not working optimally, a child or adult can experience problems with eye strain and headaches, difficulty concentrating when doing visual tasks, and losing their place within a block of text. This means reading or using a computer can be difficult and for children in particular, this can be a hindrance to their educational progress.

Finding out whether your child would benefit from Behavioural Optometry requires an initial assessment. However, there are often clues that this form of treatment would be beneficial, for example if your child is:

  • Underperforming at school
  • Describing words on a page as blurring, moving, or floating
  • Describing whiteboards as being too bright
  • Or, if you suspect your child is dyslexic, or their reading is slow and laboured

A trained Behavioural Optometrist will take a holistic approach, looking at visual processing as part of the assessment as well as eye tracking in relation to educational attainment. It is important to remember that visual skills can be learned successfully with practice and with willingness. A Behavioural Optometrist will provide a highly individualised plan of treatment that could involve the use of optical devices or special lenses that can be practised during a session and while at home.

If you would like to know more about how Behavioural Optometry could help improve yours or your child’s vision, then call us to make an appointment on 01905 613020.

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