About Behavioural Optometry
Another New Alternative? Not at all.
Optometry has been recognised as a formal profession since the end of the 1800's. Behavioural Optometry as a concept emerged shortly afterwards, and has been around as an area of science and optometry practice for over 70 years. As with all science, the practice of Behavioural Optometry has changed over the years and continues to evolve as we understand more about the way vision and the brain works.
There are many eminent scientists, health practitioners and organisations around the world that are continually working to add to the vast knowledge base about Behavioural Optometry.
Is there evidence for Behavioural Optometry?
Yes, there is plenty! The concept of Behavioural Optometry is supported by a substantial body of research spanning many decades and continents. Clinical evidence is substantial and rigorous, and growing as a result of the output of new generations of clinicians, academics and researchers.
What is Behavioural Optometry?
Behavioural Optometry is considered to be an extension of regular optometry practice that takes a broader view of your vision than just what is happening with your eyes.
Vision is a very complicated process involving many different aspects, but in addition to your eyes, brain function and perception are two vital influences that affect how and what you see.
Behavioural optometry considers your vision in relation to your visual demands, such as reading, computers, and learning to read and write, to ensure your vision is working easily and comfortably. The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on what goes on in your eye.
About Behavioural Optometrists
Behavioural optometrists have all the same qualifications as all other optometrists. They are educated in the same universities and are Registered to practice optometry just like everyone else.
Behavioural optometrists undertake additional learning and training, and may also have additional university qualifications. They are also usually Members of an optometry college or special interest association.