What Is Behavioral Vision Care?

york county behavioral vision training You may not be aware of it, but your visual system brings you much of the 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 part of your vision system.

Behavioral vision care is an expanded area of optometric practice. When you visit your behavioral optometrist, you may notice a difference in your examination. You will find out that you are tested for very specific skills. You may find out 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.

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Why Behavioral Vision Care?

newport news vision trainingOur ancestors had hunter's eyes for survival in the wilderness; their vision was designed for spotting game at a distance. 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 distance.

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 that means that 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.

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There Is a Solution

hampton roads vision care Your behavioral optometrist has studied the effects of stress on vision. Through the use of carefully selected stress-relieving and preventive lenses and visual training, you can enjoy relief from even the most stressful close-up visual conditions.

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More About Behavioral Optometrists

hampton eye doctor Your behavioral optometrist takes a holistic approach to vision care. You are treated as a whole person and your visual problem as a part of the whole system. Your behavioral optometrist works with you and your children, rather than doing something to you.

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.

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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."
  • Children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
  • 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).
  • Stroke patients.
  • Anyone who suffers from chronic fatigue.
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Vision therapy can also be used in a number of ways to...

  • develop visual skills. In this instance a program of activities is set so that the rate of visual skill development can be enhanced.

  • re-establish visual functional skills. In this instance a program of activities is set so that focus and eye teaming skills can re-learn to work in an efficient manner.

  • rehabilitate visual skills. In this instance a program of activities is set to retrain visual function that has been distorted by brain injury or illness.

  • enhance visual skills. In this instance a program of activities is set to raise the level of visual function to the highest level possible. This level of enhancement is required by some athletes.
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