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

  Peer Review meeting OVT4.  

For all delegates that have attended OVT4 Strabismus and Amblyopia. 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Novotel London Heathrow Hotel

Dr Rob Lewis

The OVT4 Peer Review Day will be mainly discussions and practical demonstrations, and will be for Optometrists and Vision Therapists who have already taken OVT4 in the UK, or a strabismus course elsewhere.

OVT4 Peer Review Flyer

Spring/Summer Meeting 2017    Sunday & Monday 25th/26th June 2017

Venue: Novotel Manchester Centre Hotel  

 Acquired Brain Injury – How can I help?

Speaker: Steen Aalberg

 We are delighted to welcome Steen Aalberg from Denmark to present this topic.

The first day will cover symptoms, history and neurology, together with some discussion on concussion. The second day will be practical advice, both general and specific, on how to apply OVT activities to ABI patients.

Steen graduated in 1978 from the Danish School of Optometry in Copenhagen, through his career he has specialized in Contact Lenses, Behavioral Optometry and Neuro-Rehabilitation. He completed his COVD Fellowship in 1995 and His Masters in 2001.  Steen has held several positions in Danish Optometry Associations including President of the Danish Optometric and Contact Lens Society. Currently he is an active member of the OEP Clinical curriculum Facility, teaching Behavioral Optometry and Neuro-rehabilitation across the world.

 Course fees: Inclusive of lunch, coffee / tea and course notes:

Members £265, Non-Members £295, Vision Therapists £195

An early bird discount of £25 may be applied for bookings made and paid before before 1st May

Bookings made after Friday 16th June will incur a £25 late booking fee.


Venue:   Novotel Manchester Centre Hotel, 21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, M1 4LX

For details regarding accommodation please visit: (0)161 235 2200

To book your place:

  1. To pay by credit card please go
  2. If you prefer to pay by Bank Transfer or Cheque please complete the attached form: Spring Meeting Flyer 2017

and return it to the administrator either by email or by post:

Please note that if you are paying by bank transfer or cheque your booking CANNOT be processed without the form.

VISION AND AUTISM DAY    Sunday 7th May 2017   Dublin 

Speakers Patricia Maher FAOI FBABO.  &

Dee Hogan MEd SpEd ASD Childhood Support Specialist

Equipping yourself,  your Optometric practice and the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a positive outcome to a Behavioural Optometric Examination and Therapy.

Many of the behavioural characteristics of those falling within the Autistic Spectrum, including communication, motor planning, sensory integration and transitioning from task to task and all involve the visual system. By preparing yourself, your practice and the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder for dealing with children with autism, you will automatically increase the success of the Visual Examination & the Optometric Vision Therapy. During the day you will learn about the similarities & differences among individuals on the Autistic Spectrum, as well as strategies for dealing with the Optometric Examination & Management.

Learn how Optometric Vision Therapy activities, prisms & lenses help to retrain their visual system in order to minimise or eliminate their visual symptoms so that they can reach their potential. Vision Therapy Schedule Boards, various activities & ways of adapting and modifying the activities will also be shown.

An extensive Developmental Milestone Chart will be provided along with 3 case studies and where they fall on the developmental scale.

Course costs: €140 per delegate

To book your place, return the attached form with your payment ASAP to the


2017 AGM meeting

 Proposed date 17th September 2017


Taster Sessions 2017

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.
This evening is ideal for anyone wanting to find out more about BABO and behavioural optometry or for those thinking of starting BABO’s courses.
Please call Lorraine on: 07443 569021 or email

Portsmouth – Ran February 16th

Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Ran February 20th

Glasgow – March 13th – Novotel Glasgow Centre, G2 4DT

Nottingham – March 27th – Novotel Nottingham East Midlands, NG10 4EP

Wrexham – April 27th – Hoya Lens UK, LL13 9UA

Plymouth – May 8th – Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club,  PL1 2NY

Heathrow – May 22nd – Novotel Heathrow, UB7 9HJ

Colchester – June 19th – Best Western Marks Tey, CO6 1DU

Newport – June 19th – Waterloo Hotel, NP20 2JG

Manchester – June 26th – Novotel, Manchester Centre, M1 4LX


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:

May 18-21 2017 – SIODEC, Madrid

July 6-7, 2017 – ACBO, Sydney
Sept 14-17, 2017 – NORA, Buffalo, NY
Nov 10-12, 2017 – BOAF, Konstanz, Germany

April 26-29, 2018 ICBO Sydney Australia

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.

Annual Study Day AGM –  17th September 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 

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) 

 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 applied for, 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 CD Rom 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