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Behavioural optometry adds a string to your bow


Dr Paul Levi, president of ACBO

Patrick Hutchens

Behavioural optometry extends the reach of eye and vision care. It encompasses the field of neurodevelopmental optometry and its application in areas such as learning difficulties, traumatic and acquired brain injury, sports vision and binocular vision dysfunction.

It’s interesting and challenging.

Dr Paul Levi is the president of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry. He is an optometrist who practices in Perth WA but gained his optometric qualification in the USA.

Paul says any optometrist can get into behavioural optometry. ‘A great way to become involved is to visit an ACBO Fellow and watch them conduct an eye exam,’ he said. ‘You will find that ACBO Fellows are passionate about their profession and very happy to talk to interested colleagues.‘

Good news for students

  • The college provides free 12-month membership for optometry students. About one in 10 of the optometric profession holds ACBO membership.
  • Discounts are available for students attending the annual national ACBO Vision Conference, which is a great way to meet practitioners at all levels of experience.

ACBO runs a packed calendar of education events. Four online modules that are part of the Practical Vision Therapy program are a recent innovation. This program is a great introduction for both new and experienced optometrists who are just starting out in behavioural optometry and are interested to learn about vision therapy, or for those considering offering vision therapy in their practices.

College members can extend their theoretical and clinical skills by becoming an ACBO Fellow. The University of New South Wales offers a Behavioural Optometry Course as a unit of its Master’s program. This course is a prerequisite for Fellowship application to the College.

The college regularly runs networking dinners in most capital cities. All are welcome to attend so come along and join in.

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2 comments for “Behavioural optometry adds a string to your bow”

  1. Gravatar of seansean
    Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 4:25:35 AM

    Behavioral optometry seems really interesting. I imagine, from the name, that this is the practice of observing, not only vision, but how vision changes in certain circumstances. The most interesting aspect of this, to me, would be application in sports vision. I will have to do more research on this subject.

  2. Gravatar of Annabeth Navato Fortaleza Annabeth Navato Fortaleza
    Posted Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 2:36:11 PM

    I would love to add more inputs on behavioral optometry, since I'm practicing optometry for more than 20 years with only conventional way of refraction. It would be a big help for me and my practice , that I can deliver services in a most comprehensive way

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