Vision & Dyslexia
It is estimated that 10% of the British population may suffer from Dyslexia. There is still relatively poor mainstream understanding of the condition and therefore many dyslexics or parents of dyslexics are left to their own devices to research the condition and seek help.
We know that there are many successful people such as Richard Branson, Roald Dahl, Tom Cruise and Einstein who had overcome their difficulties to achieve what they wished in their lives. However earlier diagnosis of the condition can help support particularly young children through their school lives and enable them to be accepted.
Dyslexia is a neurological dysfunction marked by the inability of the brain's language center to efficiently decode print or phonetically make the connection between written symbols and their appropriate sounds. It is usually initially diagnosed by an educational psychologist at school or privately. Unfortunately, not all schools have the resources to provide the early assessments and care.
It is thought that some dyslexics suffer from a condition called ‘The Mearles Irlen Syndrome’. This is a name given to a collection of signs and symptoms that cause visual fatigue when reading and that can be reduced when colour is used. Some of the symptoms are glare from a page, headaches and sore eyes whilst reading, movement or blurring of print. This group could benefit using coloured overlays over their work and quite often, their reading speed increases.
If there is a significant improvement in reading with the coloured overlay noticed by child, parent and school, we recommend a special test called colorimetry. This examination determines a specific wavelength that is unique to that person and which alleviates most of the disturbing symptoms whilst reading. The special tint is then put into a pair of glasses which are much more versatile and easier to care for.
However not all children who have reading problems are dyslexic. Quite often, there are minor underlying muscle deficiencies or focusing problems that are the cause of the reading difficulty. At Optitech, our optometrists will first rule out any visual or eye muscle irregularities before recommending any further dyslexia specific examinations.
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