Advanced Functional & Behavioural Optometry (AFBO)

Roberto Kaplan is a Doctor of Optometry with over 45 years experience in Behavioural and Functional Vision Therapy. Dr. Kaplan stepped out of the normal Optometric Office setting. He took an ‘outside of the box’ view and investigated how the human relationship with the mind and brain determines the way we see. He developed an integrated approach to vision therapy (IVT)

AFBO is the combination of IVT and advanced clinical investigations, EyeCode® Perception Technology. A broader way of looking at human vision.

Using the science of vision measurements and observation is the beginning point. Then, with a deeper analysis of refractive and fusion measurements, emerges a fresh perspective of what these findings mean. Also, by decoding the information, in an integrated way, provides encoding therapeutic possibilities that deal with the root cause of vision problems, like Myopia, Astigmatism, and even eye disease such as Macular degeneration, Cataracts and Glaucoma, etc.

AFBO is a technology and more. It is a system and perception process that is more than elaborate new equipment or instrumentation. AFBO incorporates modern views of health and complimentary medicine. It is a ‘high touch’ technology. There are two parts, a diagnostic decoding from findings of the routine primary care examination. The second is a therapeutic encoding of specific information.

AFBO system is learned in modular stages. This can be accomplished through direct consultation in your office, our office, small group Seminars, e-learning and Skype Coaching sessions.

The breakdown of the AFBO learning modules will include:
1.   Lens prescribing for Prevention

2.   Myopia Control and Prevention

3.   Visual Biofeedback in Vision Therapy

4.   Eye Prevention and the Iris of the Eye

5.   Prevention and the language of eye diseases

6.   Right & left eye perceptions and Binocular Vision

7.   What you say is what you see! Communication in action for the
vision therapy patient.

8.   Increasing visual clearness with trampoline training
(See Outline curriculum below)

i) AFBO offers leading edge practice development strategies for stepping into a new era of vision care. More and more patients are becoming informed about taking self responsibility for their vision care. We provide you with the tools to deliver high level vision care that addresses this necessary need of the patient.
ii) The modern patient is interested in prevention. With AFBO we have integrated the most modern and advanced methods of addressing the root causes of eye problems. As a practitioner using this methodology you will stand out as being progressive in your community.

AFBO –  Curriculum
1. Lens prescribing for Prevention

The effects of plus/minus lenses and prisms and the autonomic nervous system
How lens energetically modifies light information
Using lenses to harness self-healing energy
Blur of Astigmatism – Using cylindrical lenses to activate healing energy
Right and left differential lens prescribing.

2. Myopia Control and Prevention

Physical versus emotional stressors
Myopic lens prescription and Binocularity
Sphere and cylindrical lens modification for Myopia
Myopia and perception of life
From thinking to feeling and to emotional training for the Myope

3. Visual Biofeedback in Vision Therapy

The duality of clearness and unclearness
The right and left eye perceiving for clearness
Using charts and fusion activities
Energetic breathing & posture activation of eye and brain
Energetic role of perceptions

4. Eye Prevention and the Iris of the Eye

Identifying influences versus conditioned perceptions from Iris structure
Percentage ratios of the thinking, feeling and emotions
Eye conditions and Iris correlation
How to identify survival perceptions
Energetically reprogramming the brain through the eyes

5. Prevention and the language of eye diseases

Deeper Interpretation of the eye disease diagnosis
Structuring new perceptions
Eye diseases and the circle of life
Eye diseases and the cycle of life
Energetic EyeHealing home training process

6. Right & left eye perceptions and Binocular Vision

Genetic influences of right/left eye perceiving
Expressive versus receptive visual energy
Maturation of Binocular vision through the life cycle – How this impacts fusion training
Integrating perceptual processes into fusion training for deeper seeing in life

7. What you say is what you see! Action Communication to enhance vision therapy

How communication affects perception
The energy of communication
How observation in looking and seeing helps vision performance
From fear of blindness to clear deep seeing
Unlocking suppressions of vision through communication

8. Increasing visual clearness with trampoline training

Prevention and clearness with trampoline training
Vertical movement and the role of energy
Identifying and revealing the client’s blindspots
Clearing blocked perceptions
Managing stress thus enhancing creativity and life performance
Increasing listening and hearing potential


Contact Dr. Kaplan for more information.

Please e-mail for more information or to register for this program.

What other Doctors and therapists have learned

barbed-love“The essence of healing is not treating an illness, but rather a process where perceptions are altered. Even as a Behavioural Optometrist, I have to shift my perception of vision after learning this approach. It is one thing to use tools, but to guide my patients via spirit to find inner peace and relaxation through a shift in consciousness is a new step.” Josef Thiel –

“Dr. Kaplan presents an interesting perspective on vision…..the result of the integration of the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.”  Amelia Salvador – Ophthalmologist – Spain

April 4 2014 – A Sit Down report from Optometrist – Dr. Curt Baxtrom
curt“During my 4th year Vision Therapy rotation I was exposed to Dr. Robert Michael Kaplan, with another twist on developmental vision care. My first experience with a patient who had esotropia changed my model dramatically. The 10 year old boy had two 14 week sessions of vision therapy and was still an amblyopic esotrope with no changes from his initial findings. I was thinking this might me one of those you send out for surgery. Robert kindly suggested there was more we could do and he proceeded to have me take the patient to the VT room where he had me instruct the patient to start jumping on a mini-trampoline. I was shocked and confused why we were doing this. (I had heard that this VT advisor was on the strange side!) Nothing in my VT course said anything about a trampoline. After 3 minutes of jumping he had me have the patient look at me and his eyes were straight and this lasted for about 2 to 3 minutes. He then instructed me that my job for the next 14 weeks was to help the patient keep his eyes straight after he stopped jumping.”