Visual Stress Symptoms
- Rubbing eyes a lot
- Blinking a lot
- Eye strain
- Dislike of artificial or bright lights
Print may look unusual
- Text moves, vibrates or is blurry
- Words fade or disappear
- Patterns or colours appear in text
- Spots of light appear on the page
- Glare - text or patterns seem bright or 3D
- Find reading difficult
- Lose your place when reading
- Have poor concentration
- Get tired when reading
- Have difficulty learning to read or write
- Have a slow reading speed
Binocular Instability and reading difficulties
Some difficulties are caused by Binocular Instability. This occurs when the eyes don't work well together, causing difficulties with vision and reading. With a tailored exercise programme, co-ordination of the eyes can be significantly improved. See Josh's story in the Evening Chronicle for one patient's example.
We are an optician in Newcastle upon Tyne with a special interest in Visual Stress and a dedicated Visual Stress suite - Vision Through Colour
Keyes Eyecare - Vision Through Colour specialises in diagnosing and treating patients with Visual Stress, which is also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome.
Since 2009 we have used coloured overlays, coloured glasses and eye exercises. We use a colorimeter to help select the best colour for you from over 7000 colour combinations!
Stages of Visual Stress investigation
STEP 1: QUESTIONNAIRE
The first step is for you to complete and return our initial questionnaire which you can download below, or we can email to you.
STEP 2: INITIAL ASSESSMENT
Once you return the completed questionnaire, if we believe that an assessment would be helpful for you, we can arrange an Initial Assessment. This involves a detailed face to face assessment of the effect of coloured filters on your symptoms and, if needed, an assessment of the way that the eyes work together. We will be able to tell you at this stage whether you suffer from Visual Stress or not and make recommendations about management, such as coloured overlays. If eye exercises are needed, a course of eye exercises would typically involve a daily home exercise program over a two-to-three-month period, with review appointments every 3 weeks.
STEP 3: COLORIMETRY ASSESSMENT
If, after a period of time, coloured overlays prove successful at reducing your symptoms and helping you in daily life, you may choose to go on to have a Colorimetry Assessment.
If coloured glasses are needed then the precision tinted lenses cost £280 for most prescriptions and frames are priced from £39.95, depending on the style chosen.
COST OF ASSESSMENT
The total cost of the assessment process is £380 with the different stages of the assessment being broken down into manageable appointments, tailored to each individual patient's needs.
What should I do next?
To find out more about Visual Stress, and how Keyes Eyecare might be able to help you, please contact Katherine. You can get in touch here.