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BEHAVIORAL OPTOMETRY

Your Brain at Work

At Optical Matters, our doctors practice behavioral Optometry. Behavioral optometry focuses on how the brain perceives the world through the eye’s. Vision is actually processed in the brain and the eye’s are the camera’s that send the visual information to the brain. Just because an eye can “see” 20/20 doesn’t mean the visual system is functioning at peak performance.

The brain loves binocularity and for this to occur each eye has to send equally focused (size and clarity) and aligned images. When the brain receives balanced images from each eye the brain works less to process vision and you become more efficient in your visual demands.

As humans, our eyes evolved to survive in the wilderness as hunters and gatherers. Only in the past 100 years have we begun viewing near distances for prolonged amounts of time. Especially in the past 10 years our near visual demands have shifted with smartphones and tablets. Never in the history of mankind have we used our eye like we do now.

Constantly converging and diverging our eyes as we look from near to far… and adjusting our focus in the same manner. If our eyes are not able to sustain the constant barrage of these new daily visual tasks we become symptomatic of eye strain.

Headaches, dry eye, fluctuation in vision, light sensitivity, reduced concentration and double vision are some of the symptoms that occur when the eyes are not teaming with each other in focus or alignment.