Behavioral Optometry is the therapeutic arm of the profession of optometry. Behavioral optometrists are eye doctors with the same background education as your optometrist. And they have taken further steps to learn about and offer treatment modalities which address the dysfunctions of the eye (beyond issuing another pair of glasses to compensate for the problem.) This additional education is usually signified with the fellowship initials: FCOVD. Look for those initials behind the doctor’s name.
Why hasn’t my regular optometrist told me about it?
Well now, that is political. While optometrists and behavioral optometrists have the same base education, there is still a tension within the occupation between the two groups.
What you need to know is this: Behavioral Optometrists are trained to evaluate and treat the consequences of MTBI as they relate to your eyes. Since your eyes are literally a functioning part of the brain, when you experience an MTBI there is a reasonable chance that your vision has been disrupted. (Dizzy? Nausea? Blurred focus? Cognitive retention? Skipping words on the written page? Headaches?)
So, get your vision evaluated. Not by your optometrist, who I'm sure has been taking very good care of you all these years. Get an evaluation by a Behavioral Optometrist, experienced in the consequences of MTBI as they relate to the eyes. If you pass all the tests, then great! Move on to therapies that you need.
However, if your eyes are involved, begin your Vision Therapy immediately.
I'm frequently heard saying, “Get your CranialSacral Therapy and your Behavioral Optometry first". They're the cornerstone therapies upon which all other MTBI therapies will be more effectively built.”