Behavioural optometry, also known as “developmental optometry”, is an expanded area of Optometric practice that uses a holistic approach to the treatment of vision problems.
Behavioural optometry incorporates various vision therapy methods and is an advanced scope of practice. Anstice Optometrists have a national and international reputation in this specific area of Optometry.
What is Visual Training?
Visual Training is that part of optometry devoted to developing, improving and enhancing people’s visual performance to:
- Prevent vision and eye problems from developing
- Develop the visual abilities and skills needed to achieve more effectively at school, work or play
- Enhance visual functioning
- Maintain the most desirable visual status
- Remediate and/or compensate for vision and eye problems which have already developed
Who is Visual Training intended for?
- Visual Training is a resource to help teenagers and adults who:
- Have greater potential than their high school, polytech, university or work performance would indicate
- Have difficulty copying information from texts, business reports, charts, diagrams etc.
- Have comprehension problems, difficulty remembering what they have to read or write, read backwards or lose their place when reading printed matter
- Have hand-eye coordination problems in sports and leisure activities
About vision exercises
- There is a large number of vision exercises to help improve skills in areas related to learning and performance, including:
- Vision tracking – This important skill is related to the eyes moving accurately across the printed page when reading
- Pursuit training – To improve the ability of the eyes to follow a moving object
- Saccadics – To develop quick and accurate eye movements from one object, word or place to another object, word or place
- Eye-hand coordination – Develops important skills for sports, school, home, play and work
- Vision copying – This specialised hand-eye coordination skill enhances the visual ability to copy information from the classroom whiteboard, computer screen or printed material, onto the horizontal plane of a desk
- Visual discrimination – Helps us to differentiate letters, numbers, symbols and words
- Size and shape awareness – Helps us to recognise letters, numbers, symbols and words
- Vision and body movements – Helps develop vision as a guiding mechanism in body movement
- Directionality – Important left/right directional concepts
- Visualisation – The ability to visually create or recreate
- Visual memory – Many children and adults have trouble remembering what they have seen which can affect their ability to comprehend their reading matter