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Eye Specialist Services

What is Visual Therapy?

Optometric visual therapy is a series of programmed activities undertaken to improve either poorly developed visual, visual motor or visual perceptual skills, or procedures to further enhance the present visual skills to a higher level of efficiency and / or stamina.

Visual therapy may be used in the treatment of such conditions as:

Eye turn (strabismus)

Lazy eye (amblyopia)

Poor eye movement or eye focusing skills (fine visual motor therapy)

In traumatic brain injury (accident and stroke)

Enhance specific visual abilities. (i.e. required in a sport)

Developmental and visual perceptual deficits

What is Behavioural Optometry?

A Behavioural Optometrist has a more holistic approach in the treatment of vision and visual perceptual problems.

A Behavioural Optometrist believes that your visual status and the way you interpret what you see is not just dependent on how clear your eyesight is. Consideration must be given to all your visual, visual motor and visual perceptual skills.

In this way your Behavioural Optometrist will consider not only the remediation of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of prevention, protection and enhancement of your visual system in order to improve all aspects of visual performance.

Treatment regimes include the utilisation of lenses and prisms, along with visual hygiene instructions.

Which patients may benefit from Behavioral Optometry?

All patients will benefit from the more holistic approach but it is especially suited to those with eye motor control problems, lazy eyes, developmental delays, neurological damage or learning delays.


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