What is Behavioural Optometry?

All the optometrists at Aphrodite Livanes Optometrists Eyecare Plus Alexandra Hills have received additional training to become registered behavioural optometrists.

While the practice of optometry is primarily about measuring eyesight and checking eye health, behavioural optometry extends on this and takes a more holistic approach to vision.

A behavioural optometrist understands it’s not just about having 20/20 vision and how clear your eyesight is, but also about how your eyes and brain interpret that information.

Behavioural Optometrist for Children

Seeing a behavioural optometrist is particularly important for children’s vision, to help them prepare and adjust to the demands of school life.

One in four children has vision problems that, without treatment, could affect their learning. Our behavioural optometrists work closely with your child, family and school, to get the best results (1).

In addition to the usual measuring of sight with an eye chart and checking of eye health, assessment by a behavioural optometrist will usually include testing of:

  • Eye movement and tracking;
  • The eye’s ability to focus;
  • Visual motor integration eg hand-eye coordination;
  • Spatial awareness; and
  • Visual information processing.

Babies from as young as 6 months are able to be assessed by one of our behavioural optometrists.

Treatment by a Behavioural Optometrist

If a problem is detected, a behavioural optometrist may prescribe spectacle lenses, optical aides, vision therapy and eye strengthening exercises – or a combination of these – as part of an overall strategy to improve vision.

Because vision is learned, it is possible to re-train the brain to interpret that information more effectively, thus improving overall vision.

At times a behavioural optometrist may refer you to another professional, such as an educational psychologist, occupational or speech therapist.

Make an appointment for your child today with one of our behavioural optometrists. We are also proud to be the only accredited Colour Blind Sight Centre (TM) in Brisbane.


1 – ACBO – Vision Screening Outcomes of Grade 3 Children in Australia (PDF)

How We Help

At Aphrodite Livanes, all optometrists are behavioural optometrists.
As behavioural optometrists, we suggest, treat and advise on the following:

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We advise to have your children's eyes tested every 12 months

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