What is the difference between a comprehensive eye exam and a behavioral eye exam?
A comprehensive eye exam includes a full battery of assessment, but it’s less comprehensive regarding visual skills and the functional component of vision.
A behavioral exam includes a comprehensive eye exam, however in addition, the visual function of the patient is evaluated. This means the behavioral optometrist will test how you respond to the visual demands of day to day life, such as reading, using the computer, and physical performance, just to name a few. Behavioral vision care includes more than checking how well you can see the eye chart. It ensures that all of your visual skills are functioning in an ideal way so that both eyes are in sync with each other and communicating properly with the brain.
If you answered yes to any of these or you experience a vast range of other symptoms which may or may not seem to be related to your eyes, you can consult with a behavioral optometrist. The first appointment is anyways an evaluation in the form of a special eye exam and this assesses whether you can benefit from behavioral vision care.
The goal of behavioral vision care is to help strengthen visual skills which are necessary to thrive with the visual demands of everyday life. This means that there are many advantages which are useful for strengthening and treating so many various conditions and skills, including:
A behavioral optometrist will customize a treatment plan for your specific visual needs. After a complete assessment, it becomes clear which visual aspects and skills require strengthening and training. This can be achieved using:
Many treatment plans involve more than one method, depending on the needs of the patient.
Behavioral Vision Care is more than an eye exam, it is a systematic assessment of all the visual processes that are necessary for daily visual demands.