Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry & Children’s Vision

Did you know that 80% of what we learn is done through our vision? Often, children who experience learning difficulties may have an undetected vision concern. Our vision is learned through experience and interaction with our surroundings. The majority of Behavioural Optometry patients are children, Behavioural Optometry may also be suitable for patients of any age.

At Mackinley Optical, our goals for Behavioural Optometry and Children’s Vision are:

  • To prevent eye problems and vision problems from developing
  • To provide development and progress for eye problems and vision issues that have already developed such as eye turn, short sightedness, brain trauma injuries etc.
  • To achieve more effective visual performance in the classroom, whilst playing sports and in the work place.

An Eye Examination with one of our Behavioural Optometrists will include:

  • Measurement of Visual Acuity eg 20/20 Vision for up close and in the distance
  • Measurement of near-sightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
  • Assessment of how the eyes work together including eye focusing, eye teaming, binocular vision, ocular motility and accommodation
  • Measuring your vision and the ability of your eyes to work together as a team.
  • Colour Vision Assesment
  • Assessment of the health of the eyes.
  • Measuring your vision and the ability of your eyes to work together as a team.


  • Discussing the findings of your child’s Eye Examination and recommending an effective solution. This may include additional tests of visual development and visual perception abilities.
  • If contact lenses are required, our Optometrist will arrange for trial Contact Lenses to be ordered and an appointment will be made to teach you how to insert, remove and maintain the Contact Lenses correctly
  • If spectacles are required, one of our friendly Frame Stylists will help you choose frames that express your individuality!