I'm a caring optometrist, experienced in helping kids see to learn more easily.


"Chris has become much more fluent with his reading since he saw Clare. This has increased his confidence and, hence, his enjoyment of reading."

About Clare

Clare first became interested in optics as a child who needed to wear glasses herself, and was fascinated by how much clearer and more exciting the world looked each time she had a spectacle update!

This inspired Clare to seek a career in eye care, so she studied Optometry at City University, London, where she met fellow optics student Keith Holland. They married after both qualifying and went on to have four wonderful children, now all grown up. In 1989 Keith founded the UK's first optometry practice to specialise in how vision impacted on reading and learning. It started in the dining room of their Charlton Kings home but soon youngsters with dyslexic type difficulties were traveling from all over the country to the Holland's expanded, award-winning practice in Cheltenham.

"Clare's glasses have made a huge difference to my daughter's reading and writing."

About Behavioural Optometry

Behavioural Optometry is a specialist area of eyecare which studies the impact of vision on human performance, in particular how subtle problems with focussing, convergence and eye movements affect reading, learning and concentration. 

Behavioural Optometrists believe that vision is largely learned and therefore trainable. An eye that hasn't had the chance to receive a clear image, for example, doesn't learn to see clearly hence the origin of amblyopia or a lazy eye.

More simply, Behavioural Optometry could be called 'Common Sense' Optometry as it considers in a logical way how visual problems could be impacting on a youngster's learning. Poorly controlled eye movements, for example, may lead to frequent losses of place and lack of fluency in reading. Poor convergence is known to cause difficulties with concentration, as it requires less effort to look up and out of a window than to force one's eyes to work together close up. And weak focus skills may make print blurred and cause errors when looking from far to near and back when copying from the board in a classroom.

So, in a nutshell, 20/20 vision in the distance doesn't necessarily indicate perfect vision for reading. If a child, young person or indeed adult is underachieving academically compared to their verbal ability then they should be checked by a Behavioural Optometrist to ensure that visual skills are brought to an optimum level for learning via the use of appropriate lenses and vision therapy exercises.

"Since seeing Clare, Fiona's migraines have reduced by 90%, and she now tends to only get one if she forgets her glasses."

Johanson Sound Therapy

Sometimes a child may have auditory processing issues as they do visual processing difficulties. This could be because they had persistent ear infections and glue ear when younger.

A child affected in this way may have difficulty hearing a teacher's voice against background noise in a classroom, leading to distractibility, possibly have poorly sequencing skills, difficulty with phonics and spelling and problems processing incoming verbal information.

Just as vision can be considered trainable, so Johansen Individualised Auditory practitioners consider listening skills to be trainable so long as the child's ears are healthy and free of disease, infection or structural or physical defect. This can be achieved via the use of specially recorded CDs which need to be listened to via headphone.

For more information, please visit http://www.johansenias.com/

Getting in Touch

Phone: 01865 339 575

Email: clare@clarehollandeyecare.co.uk

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