Behavioural Optometry is many things to many people even within the profession. The common link is the understanding of vision and how to encourage its development. Defining Behavioural Optometry involves understanding how vision differs from eyesight. Traditional optometry is more concerned with eyesight whilst Behavioural Optometry is more interested in vision. It tends to be more holistic in its approach as it tries to incorporate the physical, neurological and developmental aspects of vision. It is especially suited to those with eye motor control problems, lazy eyes, developmental delays, neurological damage or learning delays.
More specifically vision refers to sharpness of sight at distance and near; the ability to aim and focus the eyes properly especially for near vision tasks such as reading and computers; tracking the eye movements for reading fluency and accuracy; measuring the visual information each the eyes take in and of course health of the eyes both inside and out.
Although traditionally the majority of Behavioural Optometrists’ patients have been children, Behavioural Optometry may be suitable for patients of any age if their condition is likely to respond to this treatment.