The Scientific Evidence behind Some Aspects of Behavioural Optometry & Paediatric Optometry
Over the years, behavioural optometry has been criticised by others, usually those with no optometric qualifications or experience. What needs to be remembered is that “behavioural optometry” is a very broad field, made up of a wide variety of optometrists providing a wide variety of treatments & interventions, from the conventional to the controversial. You could say the same thing about many broad fields of human endeavour, for example teaching, psychology, sports coaching, medicine, marketing, etc.
At Custom EyeCare, we practice a fairly conservative or conventional mode of behavioural optometry. We keep an open mind to new treatments and new ideas, and we understand that large scientific studies don’t “just happen”, but someone has to design them, someone has to do them, and someone has to pay for them. Having said that, we do avoid the more controversial or unsupported aspects of behavioural optometry, and instead stick to conventional, proven treatments where needed.
Just a few of the many scientific journal articles supporting what we do are found below.
Quaid P, Simpson T. Association between reading speed, cycloplegic refractive error, and oculomotor function in reading disabled children versus controls. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2013) 251:169–187.
Roch-Levecq AC, Brody BL, Thomas RG, Brown SI. Ametropia, preschoolers’ cognitive abilities, and effects of spectacle correction. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Feb;126(2):252-8; quiz 161. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2007.36.
Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial Investigator Group. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Treatments for Symptomatic Convergence Insufficiency in Children. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct; 126(10): 1336–1349. doi: 10.1001/archopht.126.10.1336
Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, A Randomized Trial Comparing Part-time Patching with Observation for Intermittent Exotropia in Children 12 to 35 Months of Age. Ophthalmology. 2015 Aug;122(8):1718-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.04.025. Epub 2015 Jun 11.
[more to be added when time permits…]