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What you see is not based purely on having 20/20 vision and how clear your sight is. Your vision system is so much more than that. It helps you to understand the world around you. You process and interpret what you see as quickly as possible, analyse it, decide if you need to take action, and to store information accurately so that it can be easily recalled.

However, for approximately 20% of the population, although there is nothing wrong with their eyes, they have not developed the necessary control and skills to use their visual system effectively. These people may struggle in everyday tasks such as reading, writing, using a computer, playing sport or driving.

Standard optometry looks at what letters you can see on a chart, whereas behavioural optometry takes things a step further and looks at the way your brain interprets what you are seeing. It is a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the physical, neurological, and developmental aspects of vision and can therefore treat difficulties that standard optometry cannot.

Of the five senses, vision is the most dominant. Over 80% of learning occurs through the visual system, which means that even subtle issues can have a major impact on your efficiency and performance.

The great news is that once Claire or Emma have identified which parts of your visual system are not working efficiently, with practice and willingness, new visual skills can be quickly learnt and developed.

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