What is Behavioural Optometry?

Behavioural Optometry is a whole-body approach to vision care.  The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear your eyesight is.  A Behavioural Optometrist has a special interest in vision beyond the eye-ball.

ACBO Members adhere to the following Codes, standards and guidelines:

Your Behavioural Optometrist will not only consider the treatment of any eyesight difficulties but also the benefits of prevention, protection and enhancement of your visual system in order to improve all aspects of your visual performance.  Some Behavioural Optometrists focus on particular areas of practice such as children’s vision, sports vision, education and learning difficulties, stroke and head injury, Parkinson’s Disease or even preventing short sightedness.

Goals of Behavioural Optometry

  1. To prevent vision and eye problems from developing
  2. To provide treatment for vision problems that have already developed (eg: eye turn, shortsightedness etc)
  3. To develop and enhance the visual skills needed in the classroom, work place, when playing sport and having fun

To achieve these goals your Behavioural Optometrist may recommend:

  1. Advice to prevent or reduce the possibility of eye problems developing
  2. Appropriate prescription of glasses
  3. Vision Therapy to enhance and develop vision
  4. The use of tinted or coloured lenses

Medicare and Behavioural Optometry

Most consultations provided by Behavioural Optometrists, including the initial consultation, attract a Medicare rebate. At the time of examination, your Behavioural Optometrist will be able to advise you of any associated fees and charges that will not be covered by Medicare.

Is there evidence that Behavioural Optometry works?

Yes, there is! This website has a whole section devoted to the science and the evidence for Behavioural Optometry - learn more »


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