Due to the current COVID epidemic we are unable to offer face-to-face courses which would be our preferred format. However, we are in the process of developing the courses in an online format with practical sessions to follow. If you are interested in receiving information on a particular course please register your interest with our administrator Jill at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members who wish to become BABO accredited and join the referrals list will need to have completed OVT 1, OVT2, and OVT 3 within a five year period. Continued accreditation requires some continuing education to gain BABO points in a three year cycle.
Introduction to Behavioural Optometry and Further Concepts in Behavioural Optometry – 4 day course
The course will cover assessment and treatment of accommodation, convergence, fusional problems, eye movements as well as near point stress and near point retinoscopy (delegates will need to bring a retinoscope). 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. Also included, will be an introduction of Behavioural philosophy and the Skeffington Four Circles Model.
Intermediate Optometric Vision Therapy – 3 day course
BABO 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.
Vision and Learning – 3 day course
Ideally suited to optometrists with an interest in learning difficulties and who has some experience of Behavioural Optometry. Prior attendance at OVT1 and OVT2 courses is essential, and attendance for all three days of this course is mandatory. This course brings together previous learning and its application to testing and therapy. The course covers basic theories of learning difficulties, the impact of visual problems on learning, testing, vision therapy and practice management.
Comprehensive course notes and a pen drive with additional information will be provided within the course fee. The fee also includes a copy of the text book ‘Optometric Management of learning related vision disorders’ by Scheiman and Rouse (List price £75). This book is an essential text for the course and will be a valuable resource for future learning.
Strabismus and Amblyopia – Optometric Assessment and Treatment (OVT4) – 3 day course
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 case histories will be used 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.
Motor training Within Optometric Vision Training (OVT5) – 3 days
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.
The third day will incorporate information on the testing and therapy for children aged 6 months - 5 years, including new techniques to try to assess reflex responses on wriggly children that won’t stay still, and new OVT activities for child development. This approach to OVT can also be used for some patients with ASD.