Vision and seeing is a complex process and involves more than being able to see black letters on a white chart.
An eye examination performed by a behavioural optometrist will naturally assess the health of the eyes and quality of vision for distance and near. Other measurements of visual performance, such as the eyes ability to aim correctly and maintain focus, will also be investigated. This is often referred to as eye teaming and is important for sustained near tasks such as reading and computers.
Tracking eye movements, which impact on reading fluency and accuracy, will also be considered. These are measures of visual efficiency which can have a large impact on learning. Behavioural optometry also considers aspects of vision such as how the information that each eye takes in is processed. Visual processing is key to our understanding of text, numbers and symbols.
Having so called 20/20 vision does not guarantee a person will be able to read well. This is particularly true for children.
Vision assessments through developmental optometry
Vision assessments help identify and investigate poor eye motor control, lazy eyes, developmental delays, acquired brain injuries, concussion, delays in learning to read, or problems learning to read.
It’s important to remember that vision involves more than identifying letters clearly at a distance. Effective vision is dynamic, it includes aiming and moving as well as rapid and accurate focusing. Reading requires the efficiency of these visual functions, while writing requires that these functions are coordinated with other sensory systems.
A child may experience difficulty learning to read and write due to a vision problem, not necessarily due to a lack of intelligence. Behavioural Optometry involves an assessment of the development of visual abilities and processing, and possible vision therapy to develop skills to age-appropriate levels so the child can achieve their potential.
Behavioural Optometry aims to:
- Reduce the development of vision problems and eye problems
- Provide remediation or rehabilitation for vision or eye problems that have already arisen
- Develop and optimize the visual skills needed to achieve more effective visual performance in the classroom, on the sports field and in recreational pursuits.
The value of consulting an accredited Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (FACBO) for your child’s vision cannot be underestimated.
At For Eyes Fremantle, we use state-of-the art equipment to conduct a thorough ocular examination. The child centred examination is interactive, fun and painless, and takes about 45 minutes to complete.
Adrian has over 35 years experience as an optometrist, with a professional interest around improving children’s vision, Adrian also works with speciality contact lenses in adults and children for myopia control, and other vision impairments.