Behavioural Optometry

Grant Dabb specialises in comprehensive Childrens Vision and Behavioural Optometry which will determine your child's complete visual needs and help them reach their potential.

What Does a Behavioural Optometrist do?

Behavioural Optometrists conduct in-depth examinations of visual abilities including visual skills, efficiency and visual processing and the effects of stress on visual performance.  A Behavioural Optometrist may use lenses and prisms, or vision training to develop eyes that work together efficiently and without stress. They can also identify and guide the development of inadequate  visual processing skills.

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Why Would My Child Need to See a Behavioural Optometrist?Child Behavioural Optometry

When the visual system cannot operate easily and comfortably, the result is stress. Responses to visual stress may be physical like headaches, eye strain and blur; or behavioural such as avoidance of tasks or a drop in performance.

- Strained, tired, itchy, burning, eyes.  Headaches and migraine.
- Computer eye strain
- Children reading and learning below their potential.  Assessment for school readiness.
- Poor eye-hand co-ordination - shows in handwriting, copying and ball sports
- Poor concentration at close tasks
- Sports with high visual demands
- Recovery from traumatic brain injury
- People with special needs such as physical, behavioural or intellectual disabilities who often have visual problems and spatial awareness difficulties.

How Can the Behavioural Optometrist Help?

The Behavioural Optometrist will firstly a thorough eye examination including:

- Health and sight: Are the eyes healthy? Can they see clearly?
- Function and efficiency: Do the eyes have the visual skills to see comfortably for as long as they need to without effort and without interfering with the performance of other skills?
- Visual perception: Do the person have the skills to interpret and understand what they are seeing in a way that makes sense?
- Integration: Do visual skills and information processing work together with input from our other senses and our bodies?

The Optometrist may recommend glasses to correct vision or relieve stress. Sometimes stress relieving glasses are only required part time or as a temporary measure as the eyes improve and are able to cope by themselves.

The Optometrist may also recommend vision therapy to develop and enhance visual and perceptual skills if this is indicated, and all of these services can be utilised at a specialist local practice which we will refer you to if appropriate.

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