More about Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry (also called Developmental Optometry) is a specialized area of Optometry that considers your visual skills in conjunction with visual clarity. The way you interpret what you see does not depend solely on your sight. Behavioural Optometry focuses on vision in relation to your visual demands, such as reading, learning, working on screens, etc.

Symptoms of poor visual skills includes:

  • Poor reading and learning ability
  • Poor comprehension
  • Poor spelling
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Uncomfortable eyes
  • Eyestrain or visual fatigue
  • Behaviour problems in children

Elizma has been practicing as a Behavioural Optometrist for the last 11years. In conjunction with a normal eye examination, a behavioural examination will include:

  • An extensive discussion regarding your symptoms, your activities, and your work environment.
  • Evaluation of the accommodative system (the eye’s natural focus system)
  • Evaluation of the binocular vision (how well your eyes work together)
  • Evaluation and treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Evaluation and treatment of a turned eye (squint eye)
  • Evaluation of the tracking eye movements used in reading
  • Evaluation of visual perception (Go to “How vision problems interfere with reading” for more information)
  • A Dyslexia screening test. Patients who fails the Dyslexia Screening Test, will need a Dyslexia Determination Test. (Go to “Dyslexia” for more information.

Treatment can be in the form of spectacles, contact lenses or vision therapy. Often a combination of these treatment options will be necessary. Elizma will also make recommendations with regards to your activities and visual demands.

Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.