This list starts with courses run by BABO, followed by a list of courses run by other organisations that may be of interest to people looking at this site. The details are published in good faith and no responsibility can be accepted for errors, omissions or exceptions. Please check with the course organiser before booking to check details are correct.
Some courses have only outline details listed below – BABO is keen to give dates and names of speakers as they become available and will update the listing as soon as relevant information is known.
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Please note that our courses are only open to qualified Optometrists or Vision Therapists sponsored by a qualified Optometrist.
General Information on courses in date order:
OVT3 – Vision and Learning (3 days) –
22nd – 24th June 2013, St Albans
This course is ideally suited to any optometrist with an interest in learning difficulties and who has some experience in behavioural optometry. Prior attendance of OVT1 and 2 is essential. and attendance for all three days is mandatory. The first two days will be covering theories of learning difficulties, the impact of visual problems on learning and testing. The third day will include case discussions and further vision therapy.
Course leader: Owen Leigh
Date: 22nd-24th June 2013
Venue: St Albans
Course fees: Please contact administrator for details and booking form.
Annual Meeting and AGM
8th September 2013
BABO annual study day and AGM will run on the 8th September this year.
Venue Warwick University
OVT4 Strabismus and Amblyopia
9th-11th September 2013
This seminar will cover the practice, theory and criteria for success in treatment when treating a patient with strabismus or amblyopia. Theory will be discussed and therapy activities demonstrated on each day.
Further details of will follow.
OVT1 A and B – Introduction to and Further Concepts in Behavioural Optometry
OVT1A 28th and 29th September 2013 and again 9th/10th September 2014
OVT1B 3rd and 4th December 2013
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.
Venue Quality Hotel, St Albans, Herts
Cost: Members £395 Nonmembers £420 If booked and paid with OVT1b then £740.
Course lead by Paul Adler
Application forms available from administrator.
The Certificate in Behavioural Optometry is open to BABO members who have completed OVT1, 2, 3 and 4 (or comparable). It is intended to be in recognition of evidence of further study and experience in the field of Behavioural Optometry. Candidates should have completed at least fifty patient cases before enrolling on the Certification Course. Candidates who successfully pass the course will become a Fellow of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists (FBABO) and this will be noted on the list of accredited members. Maintenance of FBABO membership will be dependent upon maintaining regular CET.
The next Certification course cycle will begin on 15th January 2012 and comprises:-
(i) Four open book questions; to be successfully completed by 1/10/12. Candidates can choose to take more time on their open book question answers and defer completion to 1/10/14, before taking the exam day in April 2015.
(ii) Four case studies to be completed to a satisfactory standard by 31/1/13, or by 31/1/15 if taking 3 years to complete the open book questions. Once the case studies have been accepted by the examiners the candidate can register on Part 2 of the course.
Exam Day – April 2013 / April 2015
- 60 min examination of 40 MCQs.
- Viva – a one hour oral examination, with two examiners, covering any aspect of behavioural optometry, detailed discussions of the case studies, and may include a discussion of the open book answers.
The costs of the Certification course are as follows:-
Part 1 Open Book Questions and Case Studies £ 650
Part 2 MCQ Examination and Viva £ 350
Full details of the course regulations and guidelines will be available from the BABO Administrator, and on the website, and will also be sent on registration.
OVT – 5 Motor Training within Optometric Vision Therapy (2days) –
Ran on 18th and 19th March 2012 and likely to run again in 2014
This presentation will describe the impact of infantile reflexes upon visual process development, and provide a methodical approach to testing and therapy activities. The infantile reflexes will be considered as part of the total visuo-motor development system. This course will explore the development and learning of gross and fine motor skills together with primitive and postural reflex control of movements. It will include the descriptions, actions and effects of primitive reflexes together with assessments and therapy activities to improve the efficiency of movements, movement control, processing skills and thus the visual process.
Course leader: Caroline Hurst
Date: Ran Sunday & Monday date 18th/19th March 2012
Venue: Scarman House, Warwick Conferences, Warwick University
Course fees: TBC.
VO Star: A Visual Behavioural Pattern(2 days)
Ran 20th & 21st May 2012
The purpose of this course is to present a short historical review and to demonstrate the profound importance of the VO Star as a vision behaviour pattern. The deep diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of the VO Star will be demonstrated. Not only does the VO Star show a binocular visual behaviour pattern and the projection in space of the corresponding visual areas, but it also demonstrates the vision behaviour in space and time.
Course leader: Stefan Collier
Date: Was run on Sunday & Monday 20th & 21st May 2012
Venue: Novotel, Heathrow
Course fees: TBC.
OVT2 - Nuts and Bolts – Optometric Vision Therapy (3 days) -
Ran on 3rd-5th March 2013, Quality Hotel, St Albans
For optometrists and therapists who have attended the OVT1 courses. 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. There will be time 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.
Course leader: Paul Adler
Date: 3rd – 5th March 2013
Venue: Quality Hotel, St Albans.
Course fees: Inclusive of lunch, coffee / tea and course notes: £645 Members; £695 Non-Members. B&B has been arranged with the hotel, rates TBC.
OVT1A on 29th/30th Sept; OVT1B 1st/2rd December 2013
03 Mar 2013
Education Dates 2013
03 Mar 2013
Ran on 28th-29th April 2013 Updating your Behavioural Techniques
02 Mar 2013
Ran on 27th April When Specs are not enough! another date to be planned soon
02 Mar 2013
BBC Report on the work by Dr Robert Hess on Amblyopia
01 Mar 2013
2014 International Congress of Behavioural Optometry ICBO
26 Feb 2013
Children Misdiagnosed with ADHD can have common eye problem
25 Feb 2013
OVT 1A 9th/10th September 2014
20 Feb 2013