If your child has vision problems that aren't picked up, their learning may be significantly impacted. Contact us to book a specialist appointment today.
Struggling to read?
Visual problems can have a huge effect on the everyday life of a child or adult, but particularly on both their ability to learn and their enjoyment of learning.
Conditions like dyslexia and visual stress, along with difficulty reading or migraines, can all be helped by having a more in depth 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.
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 dyslexic, they may find sections of a standard eye test difficult, so we tailor make a test that suits them and their needs.
Do the words on a page move? If this is something your child describes, they may 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 is selected to suit each individual.
How can coloured lenses help?
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.
About 40 per cent of all migraines are triggered by flickering light, patterns or reading. If you or your child is experiencing migraines we may 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.
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