Why Behavioral or Developmental Optometry?
Our ancestors had hunter's eyes for survival in the wilderness:
their vision was designed for spotting game and enemies at a
In the last 100 years, humans have increasingly been forced to use near vision and to sustain near visual tasks for many hours per day. The resulting stress on the human
visual system has produced many symptoms and problems.
If you experience headaches, blurred or blurry vision, tired, itchy
or watery eyes or other vision linked problems, you may already
know how uncomfortable sustained near visual stress can feel. Your
discomfort may be related to the heavy vision load of working
at near distances.
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 or smartphones, 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 for sustained periods of time. The term "20/20"
means you can see well at distances of 20 feet or more, it does
not refer to how well you see at 12-16 inches, the distance
at which you do most of your close work.
There is a solution.
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.
More About Behavioral and Developmental Optometrists
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
You and your children will receive help in developing the
important visual skills you may need to reach academic and professional
Even the visual achievement of successful learners and
earners can be enhanced through behavioral optometric care.
Who Needs a Behavioral Optometrist?
Behavioral vision care is useful to virtually all patients.
However, the following individuals will especially benefit:
- Children of all ages, but especially children just starting
- Children who are having trouble with reading or learning.
- Children who seem to be uncoordinated in visually demanding
- Children who are considered "behavior problems."
- Children who are reading "below their potential."
- Anyone who participates in athletics and wants improved
- 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).
There's more to healthy vision than 20/20 eyesight!
Learn more about symptoms
of visual problems which
school and sports success.