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If your child has vision problems that don’t get picked up, their learning may be significantly impacted. Book a specialist appointment with us today.

Struggling to read?

Visual problems can have a huge effect on the everyday life of a child or adult, but particularly on their ability to learn and their enjoyment of learning.

Conditions like dyslexia and visual stress, as well as migraines, difficulty reading and other conditions can be helped by having a more in depth, accurate eye examination and our optometrists can prescribe eye exercises, overlays, or glasses with specific lenses or a specific tint to alleviate or stop such visual symptoms.

If reading, writing, spelling or maths is a concern for you or your child then we start by going through detailed questions to get a clear picture of how we can help.

Dyslexia

We specialise in visual problems related to conditions like dyslexia by using specific equipment and highly trained staff to spot problems and diagnose the best solution. Dyslexia comes in a variety of forms. These include visual dyslexia. These visual problems are hard to identify through a standard eye sight test and require a different approach. Although not everyone who has dyslexia has visual problems, for those that do they can contribute to the reading difficulty. We also recognise that if a child or adult is suffering with dyslexia they may find sections of a standard eye test difficult so we tailor make a test that suits them and their needs.

Neuroscientist Professor John Stein of Oxford University has estimated that approximately one in three people who suffer from dyslexia could suffer from the visual form that can be helped by using special coloured filters (BBC News 2nd July 2003).

The ChromaGen™ is a unique system of coloured lenses for dyslexia. It provides a quick and reliable test for visual dyslexia. When a person selects the right colour combination during the assessment an immediate improvement can be experienced including clearer text, ease of reading and word and number recognition. As a result, text typically becomes clearer and stays still on the page. The system works by helping to speed up the information that travels from the eye to the brain, which helps to improve their reading ability, handwriting and spelling.

Visual Stress

Do the words on a page move? If this is something your child says to you frequently they could have visual stress - sensitivity to visual patterns particularly stripes and the condition can interfere with reading.

Visual stress symptoms can occur with normal vision. When describing the symptoms children often say that the words on a page move or jump, that they are blurry or explain that some have colours around them.

Signs that a child is suffering with visual stress often include: moving closer or further away from the book, skipping words or lines, rubbing of the eyes, frequent blinking and poor understanding of the written content.

Visual stress is more common in people who have dyslexia; however, people who struggle with reading due to visual stress can be misdiagnosed as dyslexic. Therefore, as soon as a person shows signs of visual stress it is important to try to identify it and treat it to avoid any further stress or lack of confidence in reading.

The condition can be reduced by the use of coloured filters, either placed over words or through lenses in glasses. The colour can be selected to suit each individual through a special machine called a Colorimeter or by using a ChromaGen™ System which is utilised by Lynne Fernandes Optometrists.

How can coloured lenses help?

The ChromaGen™ System assesses how suitable a person is for coloured lenses and if they are deemed to be they can help with a variety of conditions.

After a thorough eye examination one of our optometrists might identify that coloured overlays that are used for reading can help or they may prescribe glasses with tinted lenses. People find the tinted lenses much more convenient for help with reading in their everyday lives. The right colour combination results in improved reading, comfort and confidence. The degree in which tinted lenses can improve reading differs from person to person, however, some people see their reading ages improved by one to two years within weeks.

Migraines

About 40 per cent of all migraines are triggered by flickering light, patterns or reading. If you or your child is experiencing migraines we ask you to complete a headache diary. This helps us to track how frequent they are, helps to identify what triggered them and their severity.

Recent research has shown that coloured lenses also have an impact on helping to reduce/stop migraines.

If you have any questions, or you would like to book an appointment, please contact the practice for details, or email Lynne on LynneFernandes@hotmail.com

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