Dyslexia is a common condition which affects 10% of people in the UK. Dyslexics have trouble processing written language, resulting in poor reading and spelling that can affect their self esteem and academic performance. Visual stress or visual dyslexia causes people to have trouble reading printed text.
Text is usually in the form of black lines of type on a bright white background, a format which causes problems for visual stress sufferers. For example, words can appear blurred or the page can appear uncomfortably bright. More extreme symptoms include actual distortions of printed text such as:
• ‘Rivers’ or ‘worms’ running through text
• Physical movement of text
• Words appearing compressed, reversed or with extra or missing letters
These symptoms cause visual stress sufferers difficulty when reading and writing. Problems include
• Red and watering eyes which sufferers are constantly rubbing
• Reading is tiring and frustrating
• Poor handwriting and mis-copying notes
Around 40% of dyslexic readers suffer from visual stress, and their difficulty reading and writing can lead to poor self esteem, low grades at school and problems at work.
If you or a family member are a Birmingham resident who thinks they may have visual stress related reading problems, look no further. EYE Opticians has been treating visual dyslexia for over ten years using intuitive colorimetry. This allows us to prescribe spectacles with lenses tinted in precisely the way needed to effectively mitigate visual stress symptoms.
One customer who experienced the benefits of visual stress treatment first hand was Terry Davies. A Birmingham resident, his visual stress had given him reading trouble all his life. It made it impossible for him to read small print such as receipts, which impaired everyday tasks like shopping. With EYE Opticians’ tinted lenses, receipts and shopping are no longer a problem. You can read more about Terry here.
Founder and owner Shafik Haji is so passionate about visual stress, he organised a charitable initiative in Tanzania to raise awareness about and treat visual stress there. You can read more about his efforts and see a video demonstrating the children’s dramatic reading improvements here.