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Neuro-Developmental Optometry

Aren't All Optometrist the Same ?

All optometrists and ophthalmologists check the health of your eyes and how clearly you can see. A  Board Certified Neuro-Developmental & Behavioral Optometrist like Mr Stanley who is a Malaysian Optometrist in private practice obtained Fellow of College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) evaluates your eyes and vision using the behavioral approach to assess how the visual system affects human development, individual performance and overall quality of life.  

Board Certified Behavioral & Neuro-developmental  optometrists are trained in recognizing and treating functional deficiencies, that is, eye teaming, focusing, and eye tracking problems to name a few.  The vast majority of optometrists and ophthalmologists choose not to place emphasis on such functional and developmental issues, particularly when they are less obvious in nature.

This means that the majority of these problems go undiagnosed even in the face of evident symptoms, complaints, and reduced ability to function.  It is not unusual for an individual suffering from these problems to be told that their eyes are fine.  Technically, this may be true.  The eyes themselves probably are healthy.  However, this does not negate the possibility of a functional or developmental vision problem, one that can be diagnosed and treated by someone who is specially trained in this area – a Behavioral & Neuro-Developmental Optometrist.  Behavioral & Neuro-Developmental optometrists base their practices on the knowledge that vision is a dynamic process that develops throughout our lives.  The visual process is trainable, and can be enhanced using therapeutic lenses and/or Vision Therapy.

What is Neuro-Developmental Optometry?

Most people don’t realize that we are not born with perfect vision and that vision develops as we grow.  If vision does not develop correctly it can cause problems with learning, writing, reading, sports performance, balance and movement.  It can also cause children to become nearsighted too quickly. When vision does not develop correctly it often takes more than glasses, contacts or surgery to correct it.  A Neuro-Developmental Optometrist is a vision specialist skilled in identifying and treating vision problems which interfere with reading, learning and activities of daily living.  These vision problems are not found during routine eye chart exams. 

Visual skills, like any other skill, are developed and can be improved with proper therapeutic techniques. Mr. Tien is trained and skilled in the delivery of Neuro-optometric vision therapy, a non-invasive, individualized treatment program using specialized lenses, techniques and equipment to teach the patient to use his or her eyes correctly.

After conducting a set of Neuro visual tests and evaluating them, he discusses his findings and recommended treatment program with the parents or guardians, after which he closely supervises each patient through his or her tailor-made, in-office and at-home program of non-invasive Neuro-Optometric vision therapy to achieve the goals of the program.

A comprehensive vision exam is recommended for all children (6-18 years) before they start school and every year while they are in school.  However, when a child struggles with reading and learning or is not achieving to his or her potential, a Neuro-Developmental Vision Evaluation is needed. 

In addition, if you have a younger child (toddler to 5 years) who has an eye turn or lazy eye (strabismus or amblyopia) you should schedule a Neuro-Developmental Vision Evaluation.A Neuro-Developmental Vision Evaluation is also necessary for adults who struggle with reading or who have had a head injury of some kind.

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