DISCOVER HOW COLOUR CAN HELP WITH VISUAL STRESS AND DYSLEXIA
WHAT IS VISUAL STRESS?
Visual stress is a term used to describe a range of symptoms experienced while reading text. These symptoms usually take the form of different kinds of distortions in the text that make it difficult to read and can lead to eye strain and headaches. Often people can experience difficulties while reading without knowing it is being caused by visual stress, which can be managed in a variety of ways.
HOW CAN COLOUR HELP WITH VISUAL STRESS?
Colorimetry is a way of treating visual stress through the use of coloured lenses and overlays. The use of specific colours reduces certain wavelengths of light from the white background of the text and allows the visual information of the page to be more easily processed. Different colours and types of lenses or filters work for different people but many find significant symptom relief through the use of colour.
WHAT HAPPENS IN COLOURED OVERLAY ASSESSMENT?
After determining that the symptoms of visual stress are not being caused by another eye condition, a coloured overlay assessment is used to see if colour could help mitigate the symptoms. An optometrist will guide you through a reading test in which different overlays are placed over a section of text. The test will determine whether colour can help your visual stress and which type of colour is most effective for you.