Could colour help you to experience better vision?
Visual stress (also known as Meares-Irlen syndrome) is a sensitivity to visual patterns. It is thought that these patterns, including those from text, can cause a hyper-activation of the visual part of the brain. This interferes with reading, but can be reduced by precise individual colour. Our Optometrists have expertise in diagnosing and prescribing aids to assist with visual stress for both Children and Adults alike.
I think I may be experiencing Visual Stress
Experiencing the following symptoms could be signs of visual stress
- movement of the printed text
- blurring of print
- letters changing shape or size
- patterns in the print
- halos of colour surrounding the letters/words
- tiring easily whilst reading
- headaches or visual discomfort.
Unfortunately, not everybody will express the problems that they are experiencing. Therefore, there are some tell-tale signs that you can look out for which could mean a person is suffering. These are:
- using a finger as a marker on the page
- skipping words or lines
- re-reading the same line
- rubbing eyes or blinking frequently when reading
- poor comprehension of reading content
- fidgets continuously
- frustration and low self-esteem.
Visual stress can be reduced by the use of coloured filters: either a coloured overlay placed over text or precision tinted lenses worn in spectacles. The reduction occurs only when the colour is selected to suit the individual. The selection of lenses is undertaken with the aid of the intuitive colorimeter. Appropriately tinted lenses frequently result in reading that is more fluent and comfortable. Those patients with diagnosed or suspected specific learning difficulty may find the use of precision tinted lenses or coloured overlays particularly helpful.
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