WHAT IS BEHAVIOURAL OPTOMETRY?
Behavioural Optometry involves diagnosing and treating any VISION problems, and not limiting itself by only dealing with the EYESIGHT.
Traditional Optometry is more focused with EYESIGHT whilst Behavioural Optometry is more interested in VISION.
PERFECT SIGHT (20/20 VISION) IS NOT ENOUGH!
“Many people make the mistake of thinking that clear sight is an indication of good vision”
20/20 vision is a commonly quoted measure of normal VISION, yet it only describes the sensitivity of the eyes to see fine details in the distance, however this 20/20 vision in the distance does not guarantee that a person can see 20/20 vision at near (reading) distances or has the stamina for prolonged reading/near work. This obviously affects an individuals performance for reading and learning.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VISION & EYESIGHT
EYESIGHT essentially refers to the physical attributes and performance of the many organic components involved in the visual system.
VISION is a thought process, resulting from the person actively interpreting and understanding the information made available through the eyes.
WHEN A BRIGHT CHILD IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH LEARNING
Children with normal (20/20) EYESIGHT may not have good visual skills, which can lead to learning problems. A child with a VISION problem may experience a learning delay that is not necessarily related to intelligence.
Good LEARNING requires good VISION, which consists of the following visual skills and abilities:-
- Eye Tracking (the ability to move the eyes across the page when reading)
- Eye Focussing (the ability to focus clearly at various distances and be able to change focus quickly with ease)
- Eye Teaming (the ability to use both eyes together as a team at all times)
- Eye-Hand Co-ordination (the integration between the eyes and the hands – precision and efficiency is important for handwriting and ball skills)
- Visual Information Processing (the ability for an individual to analyse, retain and recall visual information, e.g. visual memory)
At Chih-Chi Lee Behavioural Optometrist, we use a holistic approach in assessing and treating any visual complaints or learning problems. We do not just limit ourselves by simply checking eyesight, we also assess visual skills and give consideration on how your eyes function together as a team and how your brain processes the information received from your visual system.