Visual Stress – Colorimetry

Indepdent Optometrist

At Jarvis Optometrist we have recently installed an Intuitive Colorimeter to assess patients for Visual Stress. This condition, sometimes referred to as Meares-Irlen syndrome, can affect anyone, but is more common in people with Dyslexia. Symptoms are often movement of print on the page as well as print blurring and changing size or shape. This often results in eyestrain, poor comprehension and poor development of reading skills.

How this might look to the person suffering from Visual Stress

Symptoms of Visual Stress can include some or all of the following:

  • Movement of the printed text
  • Blurring of print
  • Letters changing size or shape
  • Patterns in the print (sometimes described as rivers or worms)
  • Haloes of colour surrounding words
  • Tiring easily whilst reading
  • Headaches or visual discomfort
  • Red, sore, watery eyes
  • Continual fidgeting
  • Using finger as a marker on the page
  • Skipping words or lines
  • Frequently re-reading the same line
  • Rubbing eyes or blinking frequently while reading
  • Poor comprehension of reading content
  • Frustration and low self-esteem

In the case of children, early diagnosis is essential, as underachievement can lead to frustration and low self-esteem. After a full eye exam and assessment on the Colorimeter, precision tinted lenses may be prescribed the effects of which can be life-changing.

For more information download our Visual Stress information sheet (PDF) 

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