Visual Stress is a perceptual processing condition that causes reading difficulties, headaches and visual problems from exposure to patterns in text, such as lines of text. Visual Stress is linked to dyslexia and similar visual learning difficulties. Sufferers experience print distortion and fatigue when reading.
Visual Stress is also known as Meares-Irlen syndrome, after the two researchers who first discovered the connection between white page glare and reading difficulties. The severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person, with approximately 20% of the population suffering to some degree.
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Children and Visual Stress
Early identification of Visual Stress and treatment could save years of anxiety in children and prevent the loss of confidence and quality of learning that occurs in most cases where children struggle to read.
While visual stress has no scientific explanation, there are a number of generally agreed upon signs of Irlen Syndrome. While symptoms vary, sufferers of Visual Stress commonly experience headaches, eyestrain and experience words to jump or move on the page.
Treatment for Visual Stress
Coloured lenses assist sufferers of Visual Stress with reading. They help remove any glare the person receives from the page, reduce fatigue when reading and increase reading fluency and comprehension. Some say that the colour of the glasses is dependent on the individual and may change over time. This is why it is important to receive an individual specialist assessment from a professional.
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