What is Behavioural Optometry?

When a child’s vision isn’t working well, no matter how hard the child, parent and teacher try this can interfere with children achieving their best. 

Behavioural optometry goes beyond an eye test, it considers information which each eye is taking in and processing, as visual processing is the key to our understanding of text, symbols and numbers.

Vision assessments performed during a Behavioural Optometry session will also help identify and investigate any poor eye motor control such as:

  • Lazy eyes
  • Developmental delays
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Concussion
  • Delays in learning to read or,
  • Problems learning to read. 

How do I know if my child needs to see a behavioural Optometrist?

Even if your child can see the board clearly in class or has 20/20 vision, they may still have a vision problem. Sometimes, children may not develop the necessary visual processing skills to understand letters, numbers or words, they may also struggle with the hand-eye skills needed for writing causing problems with literacy or numeracy. 

A trained Behavioural Optometrist will assess these conditions and provide guidance and the visual help required.

Many children with reading difficulties also have a vision problem

For Eyes Optometry have helped many children with vision problems, often these vision problems relate to focusing, eye teaming and stamina.

Children with these vision problems may find it difficult to concentrate when reading or writing. Or they may not be as accurate or fluent in their reading, especially when reading for longer periods. 

Quick and painless testing

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 Rossiter, is a trained Behavioural Optometrist at For Eyes in Fremantle, we recommend if you have any concerns regarding your childrens eye health to get in touch today.