About David Evian
"I am passionate about eyecare and thrive on witnessing significant improvements in my patients, both children and adults alike." David Evian
“I was a premature baby and my early start contributed to multiple learning difficulties at school. I had trouble concentrating.
My older brother also had learning difficulties but with the help of vision therapy progressed well at school. This motivated my interest in optometry and especially behavioural optometry.
In my third year of optometry, I took an interest in pediatrics and I came to understand my own childhood problems.
I realized that the whole brain system could be reorganised via the visual system to function more effectively – without the need for medical intervention.
At the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, I was privileged to work with the world’s best practitioners in the areas of learning disabilities, partial sight, visual and mental disability.
I completed a Doctor of Optometry with Honours in Pediatric Optometry and returned home to South Africa where I taught Children’s Vision and Low Vision. I moved my family to Sydney in the 1980s and set up my own practice.
Initially, Australian authorities did not recognise the existence of vision-associated learning disabilities, which prevented children from receiving correct remediation. After years of lobbying, groups such a SPELD NSW (where I served on the committee for many years), convinced the appropriate bodies that there was more to learning difficulties, than just lazy children.
Together with other behavioural optometrists, a fellowship exam and process was established for the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry, to train and examine behavioural optometrists for a higher standard of diagnosis, assessment and training. I was part of this initial process and was one of the first optometrists to receive the fellowship.
I am currently the NSW State Director of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry.
I have presented many talks and papers both nationally and internationally and would gladly provide a talk to teachers, parents, P&C committees and learning support groups.
A highlight of my career was working as a volunteer at the Olympic and Paralympic 2000 eye clinic. I enjoyed this work tremendously and was faced with a myriad of new challenges. I was appointed the NSW State Director of The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry in 2007."
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