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.
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