What do I need to take to my eye appointment?

All glasses (current and old glasses are used to help design the best new pair for you, even if you don’t use or like the prescription in them).

  • Current Contact Lenses

  • Medicare card

  • Health cards

  • List of Medications (including natural treatments or eye drops)

  • Relevant reports from other health professionals or teachers

What is Behavioural Optometry? How is it different?

Behavioural Optometry is the treatment of vision and vision information processing problems. It is different from standard optometry because a behavioural optometrist believes that your visual status and the way you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear your eyesight is. Consideration must be given to all your visual, visual motor and visual perceptual skills.

My child has already had his eyes tested/been to an optometrist, and there is nothing wrong with his eyes. Why has the school/XYZ referred him to you?

Although there may be nothing wrong with your child’s eyes, your child has been referred to a Behavioural Optometrist because there may be problems in the way your child interprets what they see.

My child has problems at school. Do you test for Dyslexia/Learning Difficulties/Reading Problems?

Vision and eye-focusing is often involved in these problems so a eye test is part of the investigation.  We do detailed testing of visual skills to check how we can help children with reading and learning problems.  Many people need help with their vision to improve their reading ability.

Many children who appear to have dyslexia, actually have a vision problem.  We do not provide a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Do you treat learning or reading difficulties?

These difficulties may be helped by making the vision better and clearer, and so it becomes easier for the child to get accurate visual information.  Treatments that can help: part-time use of glasses, some eye exercises or a full visual perceptual training program or a combination of these.

My child already wears glasses. Can she do exercises instead?

Sometimes exercises can reduce the need for glasses or even eliminate the need for them. The exercise program usually involves about 12 in-office visits, one per week plus 20 minutes of home exercises.

Can you test my child for Irlen/tinted lenses to help his reading?

We do not prescribe Irlen lenses, however correctly prescribed glasses and exercises are often all that is needed and can be more effective.

Do I need a referral to see a Behavioural Optometrist?

No. Although teachers and medical professionals often refer children to see a Behavioural Optometrist, a referral is not necessary.