behavioral optometry

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.

Alex will explore these processes and use a range of treatments to help 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.

For more information see

BABO also have a facebook page for parents and friends.

Parent information (pdf)

Parent Questionaire (docl)

Teachers Questionaire (doc)

Teachers Questionaire (pdf)

Vision and fatty acids

The Science of Behavioural Optometry – Optometry Today article

A lot of people have been asking about coloured overlay assessment, I do not feel this is a stand alone front line test. While coloured overlays and lenses my well help, I feel that a full examination to assess eye aiming (vergence) and focusing (accommodation). When these are shown to be within normal limits then we can move on to assessing for helpful tints. There is a link to an online assessment here

Some videos of exercises can be found here

4 Responses to behavioral optometry

  1. Katy Moss says:

    I have been told as part of another assessment for my daughter to seek a behavioural optomitrist assessment, can you tell me how much it is and give me some indications when I can get it done.

    • I see patients at Crosspool practice and generally in the morning so they are not too tired.
      If you call 01142667066 in the morning they will be able to arrange an appointment.
      Currently I have appointments available on Thursday 18th January.

      I have attached information and a questionaire to complete if you want to go ahead with making an appointment with us.

      Thank you


  2. Emily says:

    Hi, just wondering if you do vision therapy for children with a lazy eye?

    many thanks.

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