Visual Stress can occur despite normal vision. It includes eye problems such as light sensitivity, reading difficulties – such as movement and blurring of print – and headaches from exposure to certain visual patterns. Visual stress can cause print distortion, rapid fatigue, headaches and eyestrain when reading. The severity of these symptoms varies according to each individual. Approximately 5% of the population is severely affected by visual stress and 20% to a lesser degree.

Visual stress is also a condition that some children may suffer when learning to read. When identified in children of early reading age, there are some straightforward solutions, such as the application of coloured overlays, which can be employed with great success to prevent unnecessary struggling.

Simon Falk Eyecare is delighted to be offering visual stress clinics at our Opticians in Leeds. Caroline Wilson, who teaches at Bradford University Optometry School, where she is completing her Phd in Visual Stress, offers this service. The assessment includes a full eye exam (retinal screening is extra) and an in-depth analysis of the Binocular Vision System, an essential part of visual perception, to determine how the two eyes work together. From these assessments, we will be able to advise on appropriate solutions to help overcome your individual symptoms.

What our customers say

“It is unusual to watch any rugby game without seeing at least one player lose a contact lens......You then have the usual delay of the player trying to clean his hands on the pitch and trying to get the lens back in while the physio holds a tiny mirror. Unfortunately that used to be me, until I found out about i-GO.

Now I simply put in the iGO lenses before I go to sleep and take them out when I wake up and there it is - perfect vision. The lenses are really simple to put in, due to them being very small and rigid, and even easier to take out. Since you sleep in the lenses and your eye ball doesn't move, you don't even notice you have the lenses in.

The lenses not only make training and playing easier, they also have a big effect on daily life. I used to have to wear glasses to drive and watch TV but with the lenses I no longer need the glasses.

Like some other iGO users I initially experienced problems at night time from flare around car head lights. However my iGO optician explained that this was due to me having large pupils and that the problem would be resolved over time through continuing to wear the lenses.

iGO lenses have had a massive effect on my career, allowing me to play without worrying about losing a lens and knowing I will have perfect vision for the whole game.”
 Richard Beck