"Behavioural Optometry is an expanded area of optometric practice. Behavioural optometrists have a holistic approach to the treatment of vision and vision information processing problems. Functional visual efficiency is known to influence visual status. The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear your eyesight is. Consideration must be given to all your visual, visual motor and visual cognitive skills." Australiasian College of Behavioural Optometrists.
I recently went to a seminar held at Thompson Larter & Associates Behavioural Optometrists about Vision Skills testing. It was interesting to hear from optometrists who not only test for short and far sightedness and astigmatism but also go further to test vision skills (the ability of the eyes to concentrate and attend without mental effort).
The areas they test and treat include:
Whilst OTs and optometrists both look at visual perceptual skills and visual motor integration, we come from different approaches. Optometrists will use lenses, prisms, vision therapy and light/colour therapy to address vision skills. OTs have a motor skills based approached to training in visual perceptual and visual-motor skills. We are also have expertise and experience to modify activities and the environment to help those who have difficulty in this area. OTs and behavioural optometrists work together for the benefit of the student.
Here are some indicators of problems with visual function or visual processing skills.
If you would like to read more about behavioural optometry or find someone local to you in Australia, please refer to the following websites:-
or in the United States:
You can also "attend" the workshop I attended by watching the You-tube clip I have attached.
(Note: If you are receiving this blog via email, you may need to access this by clicking the title of this blog which will take you to a live web page).
Has your child had the vision tested? Have you considered a behavioural optometrist?
Note: I have not received any renumeration from Thompson Larter & Associates. I was invited to attend this information session.
Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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