What is Behavioral Optometry?
When there are problems like headaches, blurred vision, tired, itchy or watery eyes, the cause may be visual stress. The discomfort may arise due to vision load. The behavioral optometrist will answer all the queries related to the malfunction of the visual system. He will compare the behavior of the patient and the eye disorder. The doctor not only prescribes you corrective glasses or lenses but also chalk out a program of training to improve your overall visual skills.
The Behavioral Optometry Includes:
- Measurement Of Focus Of The Eye Which Affects Visual Performance: The comfort in reading and writing and using computers will be assessed. The blurry vision, short-sightedness or farsightedness is treated using spectacles. The other Common conditions diagnosed by optometrists include macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Hence, they can refer to good ophthalmologists for surgery and treatment.
- Nutritional Effects: The optometrist assesses the role of poor nutrition on the eyesight. He will offer changes in diet plan to check the particular deficiency leading to eye damage. He will add natural supplements as well as medicines to cure the vision impairment.
- Vision Therapy: It includes certain techniques to release stress from the eyes and the body. The emphasis is given on formulating programs that relieve strain from the eyes without the use of drugs, glasses or surgery.
- Assessment Of Tracking Eye Movement Abilities For Reading Fluency: The reading problem in children and adults can be treated and cured by making use of the behavioral optometry therapy.
- Eye Exercises: There are certain exercises to strengthen, improve, and tone the eye muscles. These also improve the flexibility and focusing power of the eye muscles for improving poor vision.
- Assessment Of Visual Issues Linked To Health And Neurological Conditions: Some health conditions like heart stroke and head injury or Parkinson’s disease are linked to eye problems. So the behavioral optometrist manages these conditions also.
The Behavioral Optometrist has these goals to prevent vision deterioration of the patient. He provides treatment for vision problems that already exist in the child or an adult. A large number of children develop visual difficulties at school, and home due to certain eye problems. It is due to their struggle in hand-eye coordination. Or in simple words, they struggle to get their eyes to work well together. It is possible that perhaps their eyes struggle to change focus when they look from board to the paper. Sometimes their eyes don’t track the line of words well on the page, so they always keep losing the point on which they have to write. They also can’t hold a focus on a moving object, such as a ball or shuttlecock, so they prove to be the worst players in the class. All these deviations are corrected by ensuring that the visual abilities are developed normally and work well. This way the child can play and study well.
The treatment includes the use of specially-designed lenses and prisms. The doctor also gives instructions related to visual hygiene. You can reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses with a meeting with the best behavioral optometrist.
Behavioral Optometrist teaches you about how your visual skills can be enhanced with vision therapy, including exercise and training. It consists of easy to follow eye exercises and he will also ask questions about your visual difficulties at work, school, and home, and will also explore how vision therapy and/or eyeglasses may help improve your comfort and performance while preventing future vision issues.