Dyslexia & Vision

Do you suffer with Dyslexia?….. Visual Stress? or other reading difficulties
Unique Precision Tinted Lenses can help.

Visual stress (or Meares-Irlen Syndrome, as it used to be known) can be reduced by the use of colour filters; a coloured overlay placed over text or coloured lenses worn in spectacles. The reduction occurs only when the colour is selected to suit the individual.  The selection of these lenses is best undertaken with the aid of the Intuitive Colorimeter.

Symptoms of Visual Stress

Glare between the black text and white page
Movement of the printed text
Blurring of print
Letters changing size or shape
Patterns in the print
Halos of colour surrounding letters or words
Tiring easily whilst reading
Headaches or visual discomfort
Red, sore, watery eyes.

These Visual Symptoms can be closely associated with Dyslexia but also be independent of the condition. Also they would not normally be detected in a routine school eye test

The Eyecare we provide;

We have dedicated appointment periods for the optometric assessment of people who feel they suffer with these conditions or know they have been hampered with reading development through no fault of their own.

We will perform an initial assessment to rule out any obvious eyesight or eyehealth issues first.... Paying particular importance to eye coordination and visual perceptual skills. Visual stress (Meares Irlen Syndrome) symptoms will be investigated and, if not tried before, a coloured overlay sheet will be provided for a few weeks to see if this helps. At follow up the colour will be more accurately assessed using the Intuitive Colorimeter so that a perfectly matched tint can be made in glasses. Glasses offer the freedom of being able to read, write and use computer displays stress free. Our work is not currently covered under the NHS, but sometimes a contribution will be made towards the cost of the glasses.


IN SUMMARY........How to find out if colour can help


1. Eye Examination

Every child or adult who displays problems with reading should be referred to an optometrist for a full vision test.  It is recommended that the chosen practice, like Stephen Wilcox Optometrists, should specialise in using the Intuitive Colorimeter.

2. Overlay Assessment

This may have been carried out previously in school or college, if not, the optician should carry out this assessment.  The patient should use an overlay and return within a few weeks, noting any improvements.

3. Colorimetry Assessment

If overlays are beneficial the optometrist may suggest Colorimetry as the next stage.  this may result in the prescribing of spectacles with coloured lenses.  The colour will be more specific to each individual’s need, much more precise than the overlay and very often a different colour to the overlay.

We are happy to write a report where this is thought helpful, to explain our investigations, outcomes and recommendations to people such as Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and teachers.

A letter from one of our young patients explaining how she feels when she wears her specially tinted glasses to help with her literacy. Click here to view the letter.