Behavioural Optometry – More than just Eyesight
We Understand Children’s Vision. Ph: 55 737 630
Not doing well at School?
Headaches or gets Tired easily?
Poor Concentration in Class?
85% of all Learning is Vision based.
Three Things Parents & Teachers Need To Know.
1. Children think the way they see is the way everyone sees.
- 85% of learning is done visually.
- Vision Australia estimates that 60% of children identified as ‘problem learners’ are challenged by ‘poor vision.’
- Children who have perfect 20 / 20 distance vision may still have learning-related vision problems.
2. Visual Demand has Changed since 1995:
- Our children are growing up with Mobile devices.
- The incidence of Myopia (short-sightedness) has increased markedly since the year 2000.
- Australian Children spend an average of 4-6 hours watching a screen (TV / Computer / Tablet / Smart Phone).
3. Young Eyes aren't adapted to all this close work:
- The best way to think of eye strain is to imagine standing on one leg all day.
- Both legs still work just fine. But standing on one leg is hard so most people would avoid standing and go and sit down.
- Children with ‘Eyestrain’ just avoid close work. The signs may be hard to recognise (poor concentration / doesn’t like reading / poor comprehension).
Why are Behavoural Optometrists Different?
1. Behavioural Optometrists:
- Look at the child’s entire visual system & how the eyes work together.
- Spectacles may be prescribed to relieve ‘eye strain’ or improve the co-ordination of the eyes.
- Spectacles can also be used to slow Myopia (short sightedness).
- Experts estimate that 20% of children finishing grade 12 in Australia will have Myopia by 2020.
- In Asia the figure is 80% of children leaving grade 12 will have Myopia.
2. Prevention is Better than Cure.
- Many Behavioural Optometrist will discuss ‘Near Point Stress’ or ‘Accommodative Stress’ with parents.
- Traditional Optometrists may talk about ‘Peripheral Hypermetropia.’
The best way to think about all these fancy words is to understand that:
- Some children can read or use iPads and Smart phones for long periods of time & when they stop their eyes just relax naturally.
- Some children’s eyes don’t relax properly and remain ‘stuck.’
For the children whose eyes don’t relax properly glasses for close work may help. The very best scientific evidence we have suggests correcting ‘Peripheral Hypermetropia’ using special lenses or contact lenses has a positive effect in slowing the rate of Myopic progression in 48% of cases. A fancy way of saying we can help about half of the children if we start early.
3. Fact versus Fiction.
- The truth is we do not know?
- Mobile devices have only been widely available for the past 15 years.
- Children as young as 6 months of age are now regularly looking at smart phones & tablets.
- Many Australian Classrooms are now called: “Device Only Classes.”
- We don’t exactly what all this close work and the ‘Blue Light’ emitted by mobile devices is doing to young eyes?
What we do know is human eyes aren’t used to all this close work. However; just the smoking debate we can’t say for sure close work is the main reason for the sudden rise in Myopia?
What we can say to all parents is that by the time the Scientists figure out all the answers it will be too late for your children. So like so many things, as parents, we all have to make judgment calls based on what we believe is best for our children.
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