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Do you keep losing your place when reading? Do you find that the words jump around on the page, or seem crowded together? Do you feel strained when reading on your computer screen, tablet or mobile phone? If so, you may be suffering from Meares-Irlen Syndrome and coloured overlays or lenses may help.
Meares-Irlen Syndrome can be a stand-alone condition, but often occurs as a part of Dyslexia, which is one of a group of specific learning difficulties that results in difficulty with spelling and reading.
Dyslexic children are usually poor at spelling and may seem intelligent in conversation, but have trouble with written language. Leonardo da Vinci and Einstein are both thought to have been dyslexic. The condition can affect up to 10% of children and is more common in boys than girls.
Most experts agree that problems with sight are not usually a main cause of dyslexia. Certain visual problems, however, do occur more often in dyslexia and these may, in some cases, contribute to the reading difficulty.
These visual problems would not normally be detected in a school eye test. The most common visual anomalies in dyslexia, which are collectively known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, are a reduced ability to focus close to and poor or unstable coordination of the two eyes (binocular instability), along with words often appearing too close together and jumping around on the page. Meares-Irlen Syndrome can cause eyestrain, visual stress, or visual distortions. This may slow reading and discourage children from prolonged reading.
There is considerable scientific research to show that both coloured filters (worn as spectacles) and coloured plastic sheets laid over text (known as overlays) can help some children to read. In addition, both adults and children can suffer from visual stress when using computer screens. The selection of the correct colour for the screen background can help to reduce or eliminate this problem. A simple program to alter the background screen colour can be downloaded here.
At our practice in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, we use the latest ReadEZ software to enable us to offer the best possible help to adults and children who suffer from a range of visual stress disorders, including Dyslexia, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and eyestrain when using computer display screens. Improvement in reading speed and accuracy of 100% has often been achieved.
A coloured overlay, if required, is included in the test fee. We can also provide a Read Ez clip-on in the required colour to go over existing prescription spectacles, or custom tint new lenses if preferred, both at additional cost.