At EYE Opticians, we offer visual stress assessments.
Visual stress is also known as visual dyslexia, Mears-Irlen syndrome and scotopic sensitivity syndrome. Many children and adults suffer from visual discomfort when reading. This can affect reading fluency, concentration and comprehension and can cause rapid fatigue. Visual stress can cause symptoms such as movement of print, rivers running through the print and headaches and eyestrain.
Use of colour has been found to be hugely helpful in reducing the symptoms caused by visual stress. Professor Arnold Wilkins and The Medical Council designed and carried out this research with the use of The Intuitive Colourimeter to prescribe precision tinted lenses. It is this system that is used at EYE Opticians in our consultations. The system is validated by The British Dyslexia Association and The College of Optometrists in the UK and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA.
A number of people who have been found to be ‘visually dyslexic’ are highly talented, such as Mozart and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and yet sight difficulties such as visual stress can, and sometimes do result in a child being considered educationally challenged. Visual stress can also cause concentration difficulties and general feelings in the individual affected, of frustration and isolation.