What Is Developmental Optometry?

What Is Developmental Optometry?

Vision care goes well beyond the scope of perfect 20/20 vision. Many eye health issues can be more complex than a basic eye exam can show. New Vision Eye Care & Rehabilitation Services is a full-scope optical practice serving the Atlanta metro area. We have state-of-the-art equipment to determine a complete analysis and perform the proper treatment. New Vision Eye Care & Rehabilitation Services have developmental optimists available to provide an extensive diagnosis of your eye function, while also focusing on how your vision affects your behavior. We can run additional tests to determine vision loss or functional limitations and provide exercises to help you live a quality life. Keep reading to see if a developmental optometrist is right for you!


What Training Does a Developmental Optometrist Have?

Developmental Optometrists are all highly skilled and educated professionals. After receiving their optometric degree, they also complete two to three years of post-graduate training. This training focuses on vision therapy and rehabilitation techniques. Some developmental optometrists take it one step further by getting board certified as Fellows in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).


Why Should You Go See a Developmental Optometrist?

Many adults and children can have visual impairments or difficulties. Common signs that you should visit a developmental optometrist are reversing your letters (such as p, b, d), using a finger to keep track of your place while reading, leaning close to the TV or object you are looking at, squinting, and clumsy behavior. New Vision Eye Care has a variety of services that can help address these issues, including exams.


What to Expect During a Developmental Optometry Exam

There are several different tests your optometrist can perform to diagnose any visual impairments you may be experiencing. Developmental Optometrists evaluate a variety of eye functions, including:

  • Binocularity – How the eyes work together to transmit information to the brain.

  • Oculomotility – Also referred to as tracking, or the ability to follow and focus with your eyes

  • Accommodation or focusing – The ability to switch focus from long distances to short distances without blur or fatigue.

  • Visual Perception – An evaluation of skills, such as visual memory, visual discrimination, visual closure, and visual figure-ground.

  • Visual Motor Integration – Eye-body-hand coordination.

They can also treat conditions such as lazy eyes, crossed-eyes, or wandering eyes. If you have any of these visual impairments, an appointment with a developmental optometrist can help.


Goals of Developmental Optometry

The goals of a developmental optometrist are to ease your discomfort and impairments while diagnosing any current or further issues for your eye health. No matter the diagnosis, the proper tools and vision therapy will be applied to foster optimal vision.

At New Vision Eye Care & Rehabilitation Services, we are all about keeping the eye healthy and from developing any issues or diseases. We are also able to diagnose and treat an already developed vision impairment or issue to help with any vision loss. We are devoted to helping ensure your visual abilities are working optimally to succeed in academics, work, sports, and other activities. Meet with a development optometrist today for your comprehensive eye health exam.