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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.

2017 AGM meeting

 Sunday 17th September 2017

IBIS Styles Hotel, NEC, Birmingham

The Annual Meeting this year will present a series of discussions on all aspects of behavioural optometry practice, from starting out through to advanced VT techniques.

The day has been designed to be of use to all our members and will be led by BABO members. During the morning John Stevenson and Emma Drewery will talk about how they came to be involved and how they felt behavioural optometry was the natural progression to their practice. Following this Lesley Arkin and Sophie Rose will discuss how to introduce VT to your practice, both with and without a therapist.

During the afternoon, Caroline Hurst will talk through ‘Developing your model of vision’ and expanding your behavioural Optometry thinking.

Owen Leigh and John Stevenson will run a workshop on ‘Loading VT for different populations’. This last session will be interactive.

The BABO AGM will take place at Noon.

You can book your place at or by returning the attached form with your payment. Cheque / bacs payments received without a completed form will not be registered.

Date:           Sunday 17 September 9am for 9.30 start – 5pm

Venue:         IBIS Styles Hotel, Birmingham, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham, B40 1PJ

Course fees:            £85 members, £99 non members, £65 therapists

Booking and information can be found by clicking the link here: Annual meeting 2017 Flyer

OVT 5 study day 

OVT5 Day 3

Monday 18 September 2017

IBIS Styles NEC Hotel

From next year OVT5 will be a 3 day course, incorporating information on the testing and therapy for children aged 6 months – 5 years. This approach to OVT can also be used for some patients with ASD.

On 18th September we are offering a one day course which will include all the new information for those people that have already taken OVT5. There will be new techniques to try to assess reflex responses on wriggly children that won’t stay still, + new OVT activities for child development, and insights into working with this population.

The trainer for the course will be Caroline Hurst

Date:           Monday 18 September 9am for 9.15 start – 5pm

Venue:         Ibis Syles Hotel, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham, B40 1PJ

Course fees:         £160 members         £180 Non members            £125 Therapists

BABO points will be available.  Accommodation can be booked directly with the hotel on 0121 780 5900   To book your place please visit www.regonline/ovt5d3

Information can be found by downloading flyer here: OVT5 Day Flyer

Taster Sessions 2017

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

New list of dates will be published soon.


John Stevenson, Chairman presenting, 10th October in Cardiff.

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:

Sept 14-17, 2017 – NORA, Buffalo, NY
Nov 10-12, 2017 – BOAF, Frankfurt, Germany
April 26-29, 2018 ICBO Sydney Australia
March 2019 – SIODEC, Grenada

OVT 2 – Intermediate Optometric Vision Therapy.

25-27th February 2018

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,  10 and 11th September 2017 and OVT1B 26-27th November 2017

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 OVT1 course has been divided into two parts to allow for practise of the skills learned. 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. Both courses last two days.  Contact to get further information.

More information and booking details can be found by downloading the flyer here: OVT1 flyer 2017

OVT4  3 days – TBC 2018

Dr. Robin Lewis, Phoenix – Strabismus and amblyopia

The course will be interactive and because of this numbers will be limited.
To register an interest in this course please contact


OVT5 – Motor Training within Optometric Vision Therapy 

8th-10th April, 2018

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) 

October 15th – 17th, 2017, Hatfield, 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