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What is Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry is not a new concept to the optometry field (it is supported by rigorous and extensive research spaning continents and decades by experienced academics, researchers and clinicians) but it is still relatively unknown in the wider community. It’s an extremely exciting and holistic approach to the way we manage our eye care. By implementing a whole-body approach, behavioural optometrists appreciate and understand the connection between vision and behaviour/performance. Utilising the standard eye test, behavioural optometrists not only check how clear your vision is, but also integrate it with other tests, answering important questions (such as; do our eyes focus easily, how quickly do our eyes focus between near and far, how much concentration is involved when trying to maintain focus and are our eyes easily fatigued), to ensure we get optimum performance from our eyewear.


The way our brain interprets what we see does not always solely depend on how clear our vision is. Instead of stronger prescriptions being recommended, behavioural optometrists will endeavour to discover what the root cause of the problem is and endeavour to either correct or minimise this issue.

Just think of the benefits for school age or even younger children who are struggling with learning – particularly reading – because focus and vision (tracking) problems have gone undetected. As you can imagine, the flow on effect of these issues will undoubtedly impact their comprehension, concentration and reading fluency. Children with ADHD, autism, ADD, low muscle tone and other physiological issues are likely to have eye focus and eye movement difficulties. You may be wondering how to get your children’s eyes tested affectively, considering barriers to communication? It’s really quite simple – our babies and even our school-aged kids can have their vision and eyes tested with specialist equipment and techniques from a very early age, no need for eye charts.

This impressive way of approaching eye care is not only limited to children – many adults can and have taken advantage of this new technique, with extremely good results. Some behavioural optometrists are taking this a step further and specialising in the deteriorating effects on the eye associated with the sufferers of Parkinson’s disease, or even preventing short sightedness. Sports vision, education and learning difficulties, children’s vision, head injury and stroke are just a few examples where this wonderful technology and insight comes into its own.

Your Behavioural Optometrist will not only takes into consideration what the appropriate treatment is for any eyesight concerns, but he or she will then incorporates this with the benefits of protection, prevention and enhancement of our versatile eyewear.

Some, but not all, of the Goals of the Behavioural Optometrist are as follows:

  • Prevent vision and eye problems with vision therapy.
  • Enhance and develop the optical skills needed in the workplace, classroom, computer use, playing sport or just having fun,
  • Give expert advice to help prevent and reduce eye problems occurring
  • Provide treatment for already developed vision issues such as eye turn, short-sightedness etc.
  • Provide the appropriate prescription for your lenses with added adjustments, such as tinted or coloured glasses being just one option.

Make a few enquiries and when you find your local Behavioural optometrist, make sure you enquire about out of pocket expenses, as most services attract a Medicare rebate so the cost will be minimal. With your trusty new script in hand, jump on the Frankie Dean website and pick your perfect frames.