Discover how colour can alleviate visual discomfort and help with dyslexia.
Visual stress is a term used to describe visual discomfort and perceptual distortions in the printed text, suffered by many people who struggle to read. Up to 20% of dyslexic people experience visual stress and also the general population in varying degrees.
Colour has been known to make improvements to reading speed and accuracy. They may help enable longer periods of reading free of discomfort.
IS COLOUR THE RIGHT SOLUTION?
Every child who shows signs of visual difficulty when reading should be referred for a full eye examination.
If symptoms of eye strain and/or visual stress are not helped by glasses, then an assessment of coloured overlays could be considered.
Our optometrist can carry out an overlay assessment and may suggest that the patient try an overlay when reading for a few weeks, noting any improvements.
The Colorimetry Assessment may result in precision tinted glasses being prescribed to the patient. The colour will be more specific to each individual's needs. This is more precise than the overlay assessment and very often produces a different colour to the overlay. Using coloured lenses means any benefit is gained looking at screens and are therefore more convenient and more practical than overlays.
SYMPTOMS OF VISUAL STRESS
The following symptoms indicate you may be suffering from visual stress:
Tired when reading
Letters changing size or shape
Halos of colour surrounding letters of words
Red, sore, watery eyes
Blurring of print
Patterns on print
Tiring easily when reading