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For further information on OVT courses please see the course summaries at the bottom of this page (flyer for download as soon as available) or visit the individual course description page.

BABO 2018 ran October 13-15th

Sports Vision and therapy


Introducing behavioural optometry (Taster sessions) 2018

These evenings are ideal for anyone wanting to find out more about BABO and behavioural optometry or for those thinking of starting BABO’s courses.

If you are interested in attending or anyone you know maybe please contact admin. A light buffet will be provided and the evening will the earn one GOC CET point for optometrists and dispensing opticians who attend.
Please call Lorraine on: 07443 569021 or email

For Optometrists and Therapists with questions please find Behavioural Optometrists Group and BABO Therapists on Facebook. Request an invite to join.

International and other providers dates:

October 27-29, 2018 – BOAF, Torino, Italy
March 27-30 2019 – SIODEC, Grenada, Spain
August 25-28, 2022 ICBO Ottawa, Canada

2019 Schedule Flier 2019 CONGRESS ETC SCHEDULE 2

OVT 2 – Intermediate Optometric Vision Therapy. Birmingham

10-12th February 2019

For optometrists and therapists who have attended the BABO OVT1A & B courses (or equivalent)

We have put together the foundations of further understanding of the Behavioural approach to vision care and, at the same time, given sufficient practical clinical techniques to really develop your skills when treating patients. This course will improve your range and depth of understanding, and will demonstrate at least 25 OVT activities, including the appropriate loading for each patient. There will be enough flexibility in the course timings to enable the course to go at your own pace and to answer many of the questions you may have about how to apply the techniques, including case planning and programming and administration of therapy in practice.

To book your place please  contact forms and flyer from link to be posted when available:

OVT 1A and B   NOW ****combined 4 day course****

 Ran: 8-11th September 2018, Edinburgh

Course tutor: Caroline Hurst, BSc, FCOpto, FBABO

OVT1 is the first of five core courses for optometrists and therapists wishing to learn about Behavioural Optometry. Members who want to become BABO accredited will need to attend OVT1A and B, OVT2 and OVT3 as a minimum.

The combined course will cover behavioural philosophy, assessment and treatment of accommodation, convergence, fusional problems, eye movements as well as near point stress, four circles and near point retinoscopy . Plenty of time will be devoted to trying out treatment techniques and for discussions. Each delegate will receive a free starter kit of OVT equipment for the activities taught on the course.  Contact to get further information.


OVT4  3 days  

Strabismus and Amblyopia – Optometric Assessment & Treatment

Speaker:  Dr Robin Lewis OD FCOVD

30 September – 2 October 2018   Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport Ireland

This course will cover the practise, theory and criteria for success in treatment when treating a patient with strabismus or amblyopia.

Dr Robin Lewis received his Doctorate of Optometry at Pacific University in Oregon in 1981. He is a past President of OEPF (The Optometric Extension Program Foundation) and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He has been a member of BABO since 2006. Dr Lewis, who was a strabismic with learning difficulties, was a successful vision therapy patient.  That experience lead to his interest in the visual process and to his career in Optometry. He is the managing partner of a multi-doctor practice in Chandler, Arizona where he has been in private practice since 1981. Dr Lewis has been a curriculum instructor for the Baltimore Academy of Behavioural Optometry, and then OEPF, for the last 20 years.

Practical instruction of vision therapy techniques that integrate the theory with practice will be the heart of this course.  Lens prescribing will be discussed in detail and Dr Lewis will use case histories from his own clinic to illustrate the important principles for effective lens prescribing.  The format of this seminar has been reviewed with greater emphasis on therapy and will be of interest to those that have taken the course before as well as those new to the subject. Experienced participants will gain strong insights that allow them to meet the needs of their patients more effectively. This course is designed for the experienced BABO member who has studied OVT1, OVT2 & OVT3 and who has practised Optometric Vision Therapy with at least 50 patients. Those with less experience or studies should find the course fascinating, and useful, but should not expect to introduce this approach into their practice without considerable further studies in Behavioural Optometric Vision Therapy.

GOC CET points will be applied for.  BABO points are available for this course.

Course costs:     Members   £795;  Non-Members    £845; Vision Therapists  £600;  Optometrists   repeating the course   £600.

Accommodation may be booked directly with the hotel on Telephone +353 1 8446000 or at

Bookings and payments can be made at   An initial payment of £150 will be taken at the time of booking and the balance will be taken 3 weeks before the event.

OVT5 – Motor Training within Optometric Vision Therapy 

TBC  2019

Lead: Caroline Hurst, BSc, FCOptom, FBABO

Movement, the visual process and the development of processing and perceptual skills are intrinsically linked in a continuous, cyclical process of making a motor action, processing and understanding the sensory input from that motor action, then with vision modifying the next motor action. This course will explore the development and learning of gross and fine motor skills together with primitive and postural reflex control of movements, and describe the impact of infantile reflexes upon visual process development. The infantile reflexes will be considered as part of the total visuo-motor development system, and the course will include the descriptions, actions and effects of primitive reflexes together with assessments and therapy activities to provide a methodical approach to testing and therapy activities.

OVT3 – Vision and Learning (3 days) 

8-10th July 2018, Birmingham, UK – *CANCELLED*  New dates coming soon

 Lead: Owen Leigh BSc, FCOptom, FBABO

This course is ideally suited to any practitioner with an interest in learning difficulties and who has some experience of behavioural optometry. The lead speaker, Owen Leigh, has enormous experience in this field and his practice in Hampshire has an international reputation for its work.  Prior attendance at OVT1 and OVT2 courses is essential, and attendance for all three days of this course is mandatory. CET points available, and the course will attract BABO points.

The course will be a mix of didactic content, covering the basic theories of learning difficulties, the impact of visual problems on learning, and testing with vision therapy and practice management. It has been re-formatted to fit in with the guidelines for CET points. This makes it ideal for those who have taken OVT3 in the past to revisit the topics covered.  A comprehensive manual and pen drive will be provided within the course fee.

The course will be interactive and because of this, numbers will be limited.

To register an interest in this course please contact