How does your visual performance shape up against the demands placed on your visual system :
- at work
- at home
- at school
- at play?
You may not be aware of it, but your visual system brings you much information about your world. When you look at something, you don’t just “see” with your eyes; you inspect, discriminate, identify and interpret – all as a part of your visual system.
Behavioral optometry is an expanded area of optometric practice. When you visit your behavioral optometrist, you may notice a difference in your examination. You will find that you are tested for specific visual skills. You may find that many of your questions about vision are answered. And you will receive the clinical guidance you need to develop the skills which provide for an efficient visual system.
Why Behavioral Optometry?
In the last 100 years we have been forced to deal with sustained, near visual tasks and the resulting stress on the visual system has produced many symptoms and problems.
If you experience headaches, blurred vision, tired, itchy or watery eyes or other vision linked problems, you may already know how uncomfortable sustained visual stress can feel. Your discomfort may be related to the heavy vision load of working at near distances.
If you are a student, you may read almost three times the number of textbooks your grandparents did. If you are employed in an office, you probably use your visual system for hours of close-up work. If you work with computers, you may spend much of your day looking at a computer screen. These tasks can all contribute to visual stress.
Even if you have “20/20 eyesight,” you may have difficulty working at close tasks. The term “20/20” means you can see well at distances of 20 feet or more, it does not usually refer to how well you see at 12-16 inches, the distance at which you do most of your close work.
There is a solution.
More About Behavioral Optometrists
You and your children will receive help in developing the important visual skills you may need to reach academic and professional goals.
Even the visual achievement of successful learners and earners can be enhanced through behavioral optometric care.
Who Needs a Behavioral Optometrist?
- Children of all ages, but especially children just starting school.
- Children who are having trouble with reading or learning.
- Children who seem to be uncoordinated in visually demanding sports.
- Children who are considered “behavior problems”
- Children who are reading “below their potential.”
- Anyone who participates in athletics and wants improved performance.
- Anyone who works at a computer.
- Anyone who has a visually demanding job.
- Anyone who suffers from burning, itchy eyes, eye strain or visual fatigue (with no medical eye problem).
See your family optometrist annually.
Visual training often falls under the category of physical therapy. It usually involves a series of visits during which you perform specific activities to remediate your vision problem under the close supervision of a professional.
The office staff can help you determine if your policy covers visual training and with their help, you can submit the proper claim and receive entitled benefits.
What Is a Behavioral Optometrist?
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Permission to reprint the contents of this brochure granted to P.A.V.E ® – 12/6/96 by: the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Inc.