What is a Neuro Optometrist, and how can we help you?
Opto-mization™ Training or neurovisual rehabilitation (NVR) is evidence-based and clinically proven to help develop new neurological pathways relating to the control of the eyes, and the perception and processing of the incoming information.
What is neurovisual training?
Neurovisual training is rooted in vision therapy or vision rehabilitation. It’s clinical care system based on the understanding that vision develops throughout one’s life, and can be harmed during head injury, concussion, or other processes. Neuro optometrists, sometimes use tools and training to help patients develop a more efficient and complete visual process.
In some cases the terms behavioural, or developmental optometrists are used synonymously with neuro-optometrist. The key part is that it refers to the understanding that vision is developed, can contribute to behaviour, and is a neurological function that can be improved.
Neuro optometrists define vision more broadly than just seeing clearly. Vision is the entire process whereby an individual understands what is seen and uses this information to direct their actions and motor activities with the least amount of effort.
For example, if you’re driving a car, vision is more than reading licence plates clearly at 200 feet: it is the total process whereby the spatial relationships between cars and other objects around are processed by the driver to guide the car to its destination.
Vision judges the relative speeds of the other cars and alerts the driver to a pedestrian in an intersection.
Vision is what directs the baseball player to swing the bat at exactly the right moment at exactly the right place in space to make contact and hit a home run.
Vision is also what is used by students to understand what they read and to direct the pencil across the page to answer an essay test or fill in the blanks on a quiz.
More than 85% of all learning is done through vision. Fortunately, vision has a high chance of improvement through neurovisual training or special lenses.
Treating vision software vs. hardware
Although visual difficulties can sometimes be traced to disease or injury of the eye itself, most are not due to the patient having “hardware” difficulties. The vast majority of problems are “software” related.
Actual vision is learned and developed as we experience the first few years of life. As we encounter problems to solve over the course of our development, we write the mental “software” that allows us to use the hidden potential of our hardware.
Even most eye turns are not, in fact, muscle problems (hardware) – they are a software problem that can be corrected.
At the Opto-mization™ Neurovisual Performance Centre, treatment options include Ergoptics™ lenses and Opto-mization™ Training.
Treating Hardware vs. Software
Although sometimes visual difficulties can sometimes be traced to disease or injury of the eye itself, most are not due to the patient having “hardware” difficulties. The vast majority of problems are software related. Even most eye turns are not, in fact, muscle problems (hardware), they are a software problem that can be corrected.
At the Opto-mization™ NeuroVisual Performance Centre, treatment options include Opto-mization™ Trainingand Ergoptics™ lenses.
Ergoptics™ lens prescribing
Ergoptics™ lensesimprove vision efficiency by reducing the stresses of near-centered tasks, such as working on video display terminals or reading, to reduce the forces creating the nearsightedness (myopia), astigmatism, farsightedness (hyperopia), strabismus (eye-turn), or amblyopia (lazy eye). Distance prescriptions may be modified from the lens that is merely the “clearest” to guide the future development of the person to a less adapted condition.
Behavioral optometrists examine the entire neurovisual process of their patients. Typically, a patient is asked to take in and to process visual information and then to take some action, while the optometrist observes. The training is designed to push patients to their limits in several visual areas so that an overall visual profile is created – including areas of inadequate, good or even exceptional development.
Opto-mization™ Training is a step-by-step, development-based series of activities that help you learn and develop your visual abilities. Practiced over a time frame of six months to one year, Opto-mization™ Training results in a more efficient and comprehensive visual process – alleviating many Learning and Performance-based
At the Opto-mization™ Neurovisual Performance Centre, our aim is to provide our clients with the complete picture on the benefits neurovisual training can offer. For the latest insights, be sure to sign up for our newsletter: