Behavioural Optometry involves diagnosing and treating any VISION problems, and not limiting itself by only dealing with the EYESIGHT.


“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 individual’s performance for reading and learning.


Yes, there is! ACBO has a  whole section devoted to the science and the evidence for Behavioural Optometry - learn more

To enable us to provide such a comprehensive consults with our optometrists, we require a longer consultation time, and hence Medicare would only cover part of your consultation. However, we can process the Medicare rebate for you immediately after the full payment of your consultation.  The rebate can be returned to any savings or cheque account, on an EFTPOS card.


No!! All are welcome – with or without a referral. However, if you are under the age of 65, and have had an examination by another optometrist in the past 3 years, a referral from your previous optometrist can help you to claim a higher rebate back from Medicare.

Vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems which interfere with one’s visual performance, stamina and efficiency. Vision therapy is a service to help people improve their visual abilities, much like occupational therapy or speech therapy work to improve people’s motor skills and speech respectively.

Vision is learned. It is developed through experience and motor interaction within the environment. Lack of visual skills can be improved by providing an environment that triggers those experiences and motor interaction in an appropriate order. This thereby allows an individual to build their visual skills, which eventually leads to good ‘vision’, allowing efficient processing and capturing of visual information through the eyes.

Vision therapy is not just simply eye exercises!

Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of vision therapy is to not just make the eye muscles stronger. In most cases, the eye muscles are already strong enough. Vision therapy is to re-train the brain, eyes and the body to work together more efficiently, allowing an individual to capture and process visual information more efficiently.

Vision therapy may be used to improve:-

– Eye Tracking

– Eye Focussing (the ability to focus clearly at various distances and be able to change the 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 visual information, retain and recall visual information, e.g. visual memory)

The first step in any Vision Therapy program is to have a comprehensive visual examination. Following a thorough evaluation, an individual will be advised whether Vision Therapy would be of benefit.

At Chih-Chi Lee Behavioural Optometrists, we provide office-based Vision therapy, which is individually programmed and delivered, designed to target specific areas of weaknesses in an individual visual skills. Research has proven that the success rate of Office Based Vision therapy far exceeds “simpler” forms of vision therapies or computer based programs, alone.

Anyone can!

As vision is learned, there is no limitation of how old you are, you can still benefit from using vision therapy to re-train or improve your current visual abilities.

Many adults thought or have been told they are too old to do anything about their poor visual abilities. Many adults may not even be aware that many of their life-long difficulties were caused by vision problem, despite they have good eyesight. These hidden vision problems affect one’s quality of life.

Here are some examples of life-long problems that can be caused by ‘poor vision’:-

 Falling asleep with reading

 Always avoiding reading and writing tasks

 Sore or tired eyes even with just a short time of near work

 Finding it difficult to make eye contact

 Difficulty judging distances while driving or playing sport

 Feeling “stupid” because of having to re-read everything twice

 Lacked confidence


Vision Therapy is suitable for all ages.  Vision Therapy can help a variety of visual issues.  Our accredited Vision Therapist delivers the therapy that is planned by our Behavioural Optometrists.  Therefore it is important that your visual system is being assessed by one of our Behavioural optometrists prior to commencing any vision therapy.