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Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry for Children's Vision

What is Behavioural Optometry?

Has your child ever had an eyetest that you feel didn’t quite solve their problem?

Most parents don’t realise there is more to a child’s vision than seeing 20/20. 
Our optometrist's extra training helps them detect and treat vision problems that can go beyond just needing glasses by investigating their visual skills and visual learning. This is how the eyes and brain work together when doing tasks such as reading.

Visual Skills: 

Determines how well the eyes work together to focus on the page, to help provide clear and comfortable vision.

Visual Learning:

Determines how well visual information (text on a page) is recognised, remembered and understood.

Common Symptoms Include:

Visual Skills Difficulties                                                                      Visual Learning Difficulties 

  • Rubbing eyes
  • Holds books/devices very close
  • Loses place/skips words when reading
  • Glare sensitive
  • Slow learning to read
  • Reverses numbers & letters
  • Trouble with spelling/sight words
  • Slow copying from board to book

Treatment options

Behavioural optometry includes several different treatment options, including glasses, vision exercises, coloured lenses and advice on how to get the most from their eyes in the future.

Peace of mind

As we are a well established large practice, with about 50% of our patients being children, you can relax knowing your child’s vision is in experienced hands.


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Our Behavioural Optometry Services

Please note:

  • Vision problems can and often do affect learning. Optometrists treat difficulties with vision and vision problems that can affect learning and performance.
  • Optometrists DO NOT directly treat learning difficulties.
  • Most visual processing and visual functional skills are developed over time, therefore they are able to be trained. Vision therapy aims to improve visual functional and processing skills.
  • Vision therapy does NOT take the place of teaching.
  • People with learning problems require help from many disciplines to meet the learning challenges they face. Behavioural Optometric involvement constitutes one aspect of the multi-disciplinary management approach required to help an individual meet their full potential.