This dynamic process involves eye movements, holding fixation, shifting focus, maintaining eye alignment, and controlling attention in order to seek out and visually process our world.
It is estimated that more than 85% of all learning is done through vision, which is the dominant process in the human species.
Once these skills become subconscious (sometimes with extra assistance of vision therapy) it frees up energy and focus for actual learning e.g. learning to read vs reading to learn.
The visual process is learned and develops throughout our lives.
Vision does not operate in isolation from our other senses. Visual skills are modified through experience, and can be modified with vision training. This is founded on evidence based data that the brain is able to create or repair neural connections (neuroplasticity), therefore, trainable at any age.
Based on such principles, Behavioural Optometry is not a treatment, but a guiding philosophy in the treatment of vision problems. This philosophy recognises that a person’s behaviour, activities and quality of life can be affected by the quality of their vision. Behavioural vision care will not only consider the remediation of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of protection, prevention and enhancement of your visual system in order to improve all aspects of your visual performance.
Developmental or Behavioural optometry is an extension of optometry that takes a whole person, holistic approach to vision care.
Behavioural and Developmental Optometrists have the same training as other Optometrists which allows them to prescribe glasses and contact lenses as well as diagnose diseases or disorders of the eye.
However, Behavioural and Developmental Optometrists pursue post graduate training regarding how vision impacts behaviour, overall development, as well as all activities of daily living. Rather than treat just the eyes, or even just the visual system, behavioural optometry assesses our behaviour patterns in conjunction with our lifestyle and visual function requirements.
We use evidence based knowledge on Cognitive and Brain Science, along with the Optometric use of lenses, prisms, with an emphasis on development and behaviour, to help our patients optimize their visual systems for work, school, sports and activities of daily living.
Vision is much more that simply seeing clearly. It is the entire process whereby an individual understand what he or she sees. Vision refers to seeing, processing , and responding to visual information.