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Print this definitionBehavioural Optometry

Incorporates all aspects of primary vision care. Behavioural Optometrists examine all age ranges of patients from infants, school aged children through to adults of all ages.

Behavioural optometry incorporates regular vision care with vision development assessments. That is, there are many children who can see but do so inefficiently and, even though able to read an eye chart, the effort required cannot be readily sustained, affecting not only vision development but also ability to concentrate and listen in the classroom.

Sometimes referred to as Developmental Optometry, this term can be limiting in its definition as it implies to many people that Behavioural Optometrists will only see children.

Nothing could be further from the truth, the term Behavioural Optometry is therefore more accurate as it infers that Visual Efficiency or Visual Processing issues can influence a person's behaviour, be it headaches, sore eyes, blurred vision, trouble concentrating in the classroom or office, blur after working on the computer, watery eyes, eyestrain, red/sore eyes etc... and this regardless of a person's age.

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