Behavioural Optometry is a mode of practice which seeks to go beyond the simple ability to see, helping patients to understand and interpret information in a holistic way. It is sometimes called developmental optometry because of its association with children and developing vision.
Behavioural Optometry was once viewed by traditional Optometry as being somewhere between reading tea leaves and reading palms! When I started behavioural practice 25 years ago, I felt like my fellow Optometrists saw me as weird and strange, but much has changed since then.
The Rise of Behavioural Optometry…
Now traditional Optometrists from across my area send me the children they do not understand or feel they cannot help! In my area of the Sunshine Coast Behavioural Optometry is being embraced by traditional practitioners and recognized for what it is, a specific specialty or discipline within our profession which can provide real answers to children struggling at school.
Scientific studies are now finding results which support this powerful mode of Optometry, further enhancing its credibility within the profession.
Yet it does not stop there! As a Behavioural Optometrist, I can now supply answers for many patients and many conditions, notably the efforts we are pursuing to stop the progression of short sightedness or myopia. This means that we don’t have to sit 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 treatment on are based upon longstanding Behavioural Optometry premises.
Another area which works well is in the treatment of turned eyes and lazy eyes, where traditional Optometry holds very few answers and a lot of frustration. Helping the eyes to begin functioning together effectively is part of what we can now do as Behavioural Practitioners.
However, the real power and attraction of this discipline is in the area of learning disabilities, where we can not only increase concentration and
So now is the time when this branch of the profession is coming into it’s own!