How do I book an appointment? Please call 0117 9622474 or 0117 965 4434 and a member of our eye care team will be happy to help you.
So what is this all about then you are probably asking? Optometric Vision Therapy is the process of first understanding and then seeking to improve the visual performance of our patients.
Who can benefit? Patients from reluctant readers, through those with motion sensitivity to those with eye turns/decompensating latent strabismus and so many other difficulties in between.
Is this a test for Dyslexia? No. Testing for dyslexia is usually carried out by an Educational Psychologist. Many patients who have dyslexic tendencies or a formal diagnosis of dyslexia have other co-existing difficulties. These commonly include visual processing difficulties, visual stress and reading difficulties.
How is Visual Stress different to Dyslexia? Think of visual stress as difficulty obtaining the data or information and dyslexia as difficulty processing or understanding the data/information you gain from your visual system.
Do Visual Stress and similar conditions really matter? We know that around 80% of our learning, particularly for our younger patients, is gained through our visual system. So yes we think a condition potentially affecting such a significant part of our learning is worth understanding and investigating.
Who are we? Optometric Vision Therapists (OVT’s) or Behavioural Optometrists - well both are different ways of describing the same person.
But who are we really? A Behavioural Optometrists - is someone who has a specialist interest, in-depth training and experience in the study of how their patient’s eye and vision system behave in both normal day to day activities and during times of additional loading of the visual system.
What can we do for you? Behavioural Optometry can sound a little confusing. When explaining our approach, what and how we carry out your assessments & vision training patients have commented ‘oh you mean like Eye Gym’ and ‘so it’s like physiotherapy for the eyes & visual system’. Both of these as well as visual system training for improved day to day visual performance explain what we do better than just saying it’s behavioural optometry, which quite frankly often just confuses both fellow health professionals and patients alike!
What can we do for you? If you think of the visual system as a pyramid. In this example a normal sight is looking at the tip of the pyramid - is your vision normal, your eyes healthy and do you need glasses? If normal then well done, return for a sight test in a year or two. You may also choose an extended Eye Exam, which is a thorough and in-depth assessment of your eyes & visual system, checking they integrate in a seamless, efficient & stable way to let you see and perform normal visual tasks with ease.
If you still have unexplained symptoms or visual difficulties then what next? You may try a binocular vision assessment or a coloured overlay / precise tint assessment - both of these are a layer further down the pyramid, but are still not giving the complete picture.
An Optometric Vision Therapy assessment (specialist vision assessment) is a look down to the bottom of the pyramid to assess the foundation blocks of your visual system. A strengths & weaknesses assessment of the components your visual system is made of, how these perform and do - or often do not, integrate with each other. The benefit to you is that this assessment gives a deeper understanding of why you experience the symptoms and difficulties that you do.
This detailed information then lets your Optometric Vision Therapist (OVT) understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms and visual difficulties. As with so many things, once we understand the why (a diagnosis) and know what’s wrong the treatment process with your Vision Therapist (VT) is so much more straightforward.
This lets you gain your visual information / data in an efficient and effective way giving you the best chance of achieving your potential in life.
If you still have a question please drop Peter an email: firstname.lastname@example.org To Book Your Appointment Call 0117 962 2474 or 0117 965 4434