What is a Behavioural Optometrist and should you choose one?

October 29, 2017
At Microprism Optics we wholeheartedly support the progression of optometry into the dynamism of our modern world. Vision is far more than 20/20 eyesight - behavioural optometry looks at understanding vision as a complete process, how the sensory system interacts and interprets visual information.

Simply put, behavioural optometry is a holistic, systems view of vision rather than a pure focus on the structure and pathology of the eye when assessing 20/20 eyesight.

If you think a holistic approach to optometry could be something for you - keep on reading to learn more about behavioural optometry and how that has served as the basis for Dr Michael Christian’s Quantum Ophthalmic Optics or QOO.

What does behavioural optometry do?

The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO) is the peak industry body for behavioural optometrists. They describe behavioural optometry as the following:

Behavioural Optometry considers your vision in relation to your visual demands, such as reading, computers, and learning to read and write, to ensure your vision is working easily and comfortably. The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear just your sight is.

"The way that you interpret what you see does not depend solely on how clear just your sight is"

Behavioural optometry care involves more than just measuring your eyes on the distance chart. It includes:

  • Measurement of focus and eye coordination function problems which can affect visual comfort and performance when reading and writing and using computers.
  • Measurement of distance focus, especially if there are symptoms of difficulty looking up clearly from computers, or blurred distance vision, which could be shortsightedness (myopia) beginning to develop as a result of more time on computers and less time outside.
  • Assessment and treatment of lazy eye (amblyopia) and turned eye (strabismus), using spectacles and sometimes vision therapy.
  • Assessment and treatment of development of tracking eye movement abilities for reading fluency.
  • Assessment and treatment of a child’s developed skills of vision perception, or processing, to ensure these abilities are normally developed for their age, and are affecting their ability to learn to read and write, and to read at age level, and achieve to their potential.
  • Assessment and management of visual issues associated with health and neurological conditions, such as stroke and head injury, Parkinson’s disease, and concussion and whiplash.

Behavioural Optometry 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 ensure all aspects of your visual performance are working as well as possible.

Some Behavioural Optometrists focus on particular areas of practice such as children’s vision, sports vision, vision problems affecting education and learning difficulties, stroke and head injury, Parkinson’s Disease; and limiting increases in short sightedness with progressive lenses and contact lenses, orthokeratology and vision therapy.

The Goals of Behavioural Optometry

  1. To prevent vision and eye problems from developing or deteriorating
  2. To provide treatment for vision problems that have already developed (eg: eye turn, shortsightedness etc)
  3. To ensure the visual abilities needed in the classroom, work place, when playing sport and using computers, are developed normally and working well

Behavioural Optometry Recommendations

  1. Advice to prevent or reduce the possibility of eye problems developing
  2. Appropriate prescription of glasses
  3. Vision Therapy to improve vision function and visual processing development
  4. The use of tinted lenses where indicated by specific testing, for certain conditions such as migraine and concussion

The Emergence of Quantum Ophthalmic Optics (QOO)

Dr Michael Christian has pioneered Quantum Ophthalmic Optics (QOO) for over 20 years. Here he discusses how this approach combines the quantum physics of light with the holistic approach of behavioural optometry.

Quantum Ophthalmic Optics (QOO) puts quantum holography to behavioural optometry. It is a free flow refractive process that combines quantification (lens and prism) with quality of experience.

Essentially when quantum physics is applied to healthcare deals with not only the problem and the solution but also the manifestation of new possibilities. In simple terms, a quantum alignment between light and the body can focus your potential into a higher realm of performance.

"the quantum nature of the light particle/wave is complementary to the energetic fields of the body"

Holography connected to quantum deals with the coherence of light and its biological effects through the eyes with the rest of the body. When put together, the quantum nature of the light particle/wave is complementary to the energetic fields of the body, interacting with each other to create a new, profound relationship.

This is when there is a discovery of new potentiality of vision improvement and its ramifications for the rest of the body.

Protocols are open ended, meaning they are not fixed and standardised but rather individualised but can be measured subsequently when required for specific purposes.

QOO deals with consciousness on all levels of life. This means not just the eyes and specific tasks can be focused but rather consciousness itself can be redirected and its consequent plasticity with new possibilities on all levels of interaction and integration.

This translates to the true quantum nature of light as a particle and wave interacting with physiology and field dynamics of the body. There is coherent balance as the patient experiences this in session.

The emphasis in the session is that the quality of the quantity is experienced, in other words, that the measurement of visual ability and subsequent refraction have corresponding qualities associated with them: Clear, Open, Relaxed and Energetic - CORE

Directives of QOO

  1. A truly integrative vision body process from a quantum holographic perspective.
  2. Supporting vision on all levels of consciousness and its effects on physiological processes.
  3. The possibility of improved visual ability with reduced lens and prism prescriptions over time.
  4. The ability to tap into and focus potential processes for new possibilities in life.

Recommendations of QOO

  1. Microprism lenses for the facilitation of clear coherent vision.
  2. Integrative adjustments periodically using specific dynamic flipper procedures.
  3. Supportive Integrative Exercises as required.
  4. Periodic reassessments for the facilitation of vision improvement/enhancement.

Learn more about the integration of prism lenses and behavioural optometry practises into our unique approach at Microprism Optics.

About The Author:

Dr Michael Christian, BSc (Hons), BSc (Optom) IMD PhD is a Holistic Integrative Optometrist who has been pioneering QOO (Quantum Ophthalmic Optics) for over twenty years. He recently completed his PhD on Quantum Ophthalmic Optics - Focusing Vision, Mind and Body awarded from the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine (IQUIM) 2014.

Dr Christian treats patients from his clinic Microprism Optics in South Yarra, Melbourne

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