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 Spring Meeting 9 – 10 June 2019

Mecure Hotel Heathrow, London

Strabismus –


Dr. Cook, is a clinician, author, educator,  and a leading authorities on vision therapy.  After graduating from U.C.L.A,  and Pacific University College of Optometry, he attended the Vision Therapy Residency Program at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry, where he became a clinical instructor.

In addition to his books, VISUAL FITNESS and WHEN YOUR CHILD STRUGGLES providing thousands with simple explanations about vision therapy, his professional articles have appeared in the top refereed journals of the optometric profession including the Journal of the American Optometric Association, the American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, and the Journal of Vision Development. His “Eyesight, infinity and the human heart,” which describes the way in which vision therapy changes lives, was voted “Best Non-Technical Article by the Association of Optometric Editors. See his website at

For more information read  Summer Meeting Flyer 2019[2]

To book your place please go to

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


BABO Annual Meeting and AGM in Association with AIO


Marriott Hotel Bristol City Centre

5 – 6 October 2019

Early Bird Discount – 20% Off Conference Day Rates When You Book by Friday 17 May 2019

To book please complete Booking Form BABO Early Bird Discount Conference booking form [2] 

and pay by going to 

Introducing behavioural optometry (Taster sessions) 2019

These events 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.

OVT 1A and B  –  30 November to 3 December 2019 (4 day course)

Aston University, Birmingham

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 register your interest in this course.


OVT 2 – Intermediate Optometric Vision Therapy (3 day course)

Last ran 10-12th February 2019 next course due early 2020

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.

Contact to register your interest in this course.

OVT3 – Vision and Learning (3 day course)

8-10 September 2019 – Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Oxford, UK.

 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


OVT4   – Strabismus and Amblyopia – Optometric Assessment & Treatment (3 day course)

Dates to be Confirmed

Lead: Dr Rob Lewis OD FCOVD

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

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.

Contact to register your interest.

OVT5 – Motor Training within Optometric Vision Therapy (3 day course)

3 – 5 November  2019

Venue to be confirmed

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.

Contact to register your interest.


International and other providers dates:

March 8-10  March 2019 – Optometric Phototherapy (Syntonics) and Integrated “Fast Track” Vision therapy, Novotel Heathrow, London.
Contact; Geoff Shayler (Course speaker) from Shaylers Vision – Email;

March 27-30 2019 – SIODEC, Grenada, Spain
August 25-28, 2022 ICBO Ottawa, Canada


2019 Schedule Flier 2019 CONGRESS ETC SCHEDULE 2