What Is Behavioral Vision Care?

What Is Behavioral Vision Care? in Manhattan

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What is the difference between a comprehensive eye exam and a behavioral eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam includes a full battery of assessment, but it’s less comprehensive regarding visual skills and the functional component of vision.

A behavioral exam includes a comprehensive eye exam, however in addition, the visual function of the patient is evaluated. This means the behavioral optometrist will test how you respond to the visual demands of day to day life, such as reading, using the computer, and physical performance, just to name a few. Behavioral vision care includes more than checking how well you can see the eye chart. It ensures that all of your visual skills are functioning in an ideal way so that both eyes are in sync with each other and communicating properly with the brain.

Do you suffer from

  • Eye strain?
  • Headaches?
  • Double or blurry vision?
  • Poor depth perception?
  • Have poor color contrast? 
  • Poor eye hand coordination?
  • Difficulty with sports performance?
  • Challenges with reading or doing activities up close?

If you answered yes to any of these or you experience a vast range of other symptoms which may or may not seem to be related to your eyes, you can consult with a behavioral optometrist. The first appointment is anyways an evaluation in the form of a special eye exam and this assesses whether you can benefit from behavioral vision care.

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What is behavioral vision care helpful for?

What is behavioral vision care helpful for?

The goal of behavioral vision care is to help strengthen visual skills which are necessary to thrive with the visual demands of everyday life. This means that there are many advantages which are useful for strengthening and treating so many various conditions and skills, including:

  • Eye hand coordination
  • Focus
  • Eye tracking
  • Depth perception
  • Reading and learning
  • Lazy eye or crossed eyes
  • Digital eye strain 
  • Sports performance 
  • Brain injury rehabilitation
  • Self confidence 
What is behavioral vision care helpful for?

What are treatment options for behavioral optometry?

A behavioral optometrist will customize a treatment plan for your specific visual needs. After a complete assessment, it becomes clear which visual aspects and skills require strengthening and training. This can be achieved using:

  • Optical corrections such as glasses or contact lenses
  • Prisms which are special lenses that bend the light in different directions
  • Filters are used as different colors can provide various benefits
  • Vision therapy which is a discipline that uses exercises and various activities involving your eyes to train and strengthen different visual skills

Many treatment plans involve more than one method, depending on the needs of the patient.

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Summary

Behavioral Vision Care is more than an eye exam, it is a systematic assessment of all the visual processes that are necessary for daily visual demands.

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At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.


Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.


Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.


Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.


Allen B.
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