While Visual Stress can co-exist with more complex learning difficulties (Dyslexia) but if visual stress is remedied, the remaining learning problems may be more easily dealt with. Visual Stress is estimated to affect 30% of poor readers and 10% of the general population & The problem may be linked to migraine and photophobia (light-sensitivity).
Symptoms of Visual Stress can include:
Signs of Visual Stress can include:
Symptoms of visual stress are not always immediately obvious. Many individuals who suffer with this condition believe the discomfort they feel when reading or the distortions they experience on the page are "normal" and experienced by everyone. That is until someone presents them with an appropriate colour and they realise that reading can become more comfortable and even enjoyable.
The simple application of a coloured overlay at an early stage could save years of anxiety and prevent the downward slide in confidence which occurs in most cases where children struggle to read.