Developmental optometry is a specialized field focused on enhancing visual performance that was formally introduced in 1971 with the formation of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
Developmental vision is complementary to behavioral optometry, which has its origins in the Optometric Extension Program (OEP).
Developmental optometrists use lenses, prisms, and/or visual activities, such as vision therapy, to enhance visual performance. In addition to providing comprehensive eye exam, developmental optometrists evaluate their patients’ visual skills to ensure that they can effectively succeed in school, work, and everyday life.
The 21st century has seen developmental optometry blossom into a form of integrative or holistic care. We collaborate with other developmental and integrative professional who share similar concepts about tapping into the unlimited potential of children and adults alike. You can learn more about how we collaborate with occupational therapists and optometrists.
There are many excellent publications that will provide you with more information about developmental vision on our website.
You can learn more about how we collaborate with occupational therapists here.