Visual Stress & Colorimetry
Do you or your child have difficulty reading or suffer from migraines?
Precision tints or coloured overlays could be the solution for you.
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What is Visual Stress?
Visual stress is a term used to describe visual discomfort and perceptual distortions in text and is suffered by many people who struggle with reading.
The condition is estimated to be present in approximately 40% of poor readers and 20% of the general population.
When thinking of children, in a classroom of 25 children, that would suggest that 5 children could be suffering from Visual Stress.
Individuals who find reading tiring and unpleasant, are suffering from visual stress.
They have to put a lot of effort in to achieve the same results as their peers.
However, many of these people could be helped by overlays or Precision Tinted Lenses.
Frustration and low self-esteem can occur in children who are underachieving due to Visual Stress, so early diagnosis of the problem is essential.
The longer it takes to identify and remedy Visual Stress, the greater the loss of confidence that can result.
Many individuals who suffer from visual stress believe the symptoms they experience on the page are “normal” and experienced by everyone.
That is until someone shows them an appropriate colour overlay and they realise that reading can become more comfortable - even enjoyable!
Signs of Visual Stress
Only one or two of the signs of Visual Stress may be present.
Holding books nearer or further away than usual
Fidgeting when trying to read or concentrate
Using a finger as a marker on the page
Skipping words or lines
Frequently re-reads the same line
Rubbing eyes or blinking excessively
Reduced comprehension of reading content
Frustration and low self-esteem
Symptoms of Visual Stress
Symptoms can occur despite normal vision and can include:
Movement of the printed text
Blurring of print
Letters changing size or shape
Patterns in the print (sometimes described as rivers or worms)
Halos of colour surrounding letters or words
Tiring easily whilst reading
Headaches, visual discomfort or even migraines
Red, sore, watery eyes
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which causes the person with the condition to have problems with reading, writing, spelling as well as other things.
People with dyslexia often suffer from visual stress and will benefit from overlays or tinted lenses.
However, people can have visual stress but not be dyslexic.
How can we reduce the symptoms?
The reduction of Visual Stress occurs only when the colour of overlay / lens is selected to suit the individual.
The ideal selection of lenses is best achieved with the aid of the Intuitive Colorimeter, an assessment that determines the precise tint to help alleviate Visual Stress.
Coloured overlays are widely used by teachers in schools throughout the UK.
If an overlay proves useful it is highly likely that precision tinted lenses (in glasses) will also be beneficial.
The glasses are then used for writing as well as reading.
A full eye examination is necessary before a colorimetry assessment. Our in house Dispensing Optician Jess Portsmouth has taken additional training to specialise in colorimetry.
Precision tinted lenses frequently result in reading that is more fluent and comfortable, and some lens wearers enjoy significant improvement in both reading rate and accuracy.
How do I book an appointment?
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What happens at the Visual Stress Consultation?
What are the costs?
A Visual Stress Consultation costs £50 – including two follow up appointments.