The British Association of Behavioural Optometrists is a network of highly qualified and motivated Optometrists, with a specialist interest in how vision affects human performance. Vision and the motor visual system are our primary source for gathering information with 87% of learning occurring through the visual system. Even subtle issues with the visual system can have a major impact on our efficiency and performance, even more so for children where these systems are still developing.
Children are usually born with the necessary hardware to allow the development of normal sensory skills, but it takes a busy childhood of play, exploration and experience to develop and train the software that controls what we take in from the world. If this software is not established properly, it can result in problems with the visual system and therefore learning. If undetected these problems can continue into adulthood.
Behavioural Optometrists will explore these processes and use a range of treatments to help their patients learn and function more efficiently.
This can be applicable to any age group‚ not just to children, and can also be of direct benefit to those following accidents and with possible traumatic brain injury.
The BABO website provides a tool for finding optometrists who specialize in vision therapy in the UK. Use their "Find a Behavioural Optometrist" web page to find an optometrist near you in the UK.
Visit the BABO website at babo.co.uk/