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Eye tests for Dyslexia
Coloured overlays prescribed by behavioural optometrists can improve reading speeds in children.

Learning difficulties may be associated with conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and other Autistic Spectral Disorders. 

The term  Visual Stress (also referred to as Meares-Irlen Syndrome or Visual Dyslexia or Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity Disorder) describes the visual difficulties and phenomena that can be associated with conditions such as Dyslexia.  

Visual Answers are award-winning Optometrists  in Loughborough. We specialise in the area of colour sensitivity testing, colorimetry, investigate   eye-tracking, eye coordination  and aspects of behavioral optometry for the treatment of Visual Stress and visual processing disorders.

Visual Dyselxia is also known  as Mears-Irlen Syndrome and the Optometric term Visual Stress. The common symptoms of this condition include pattern glare, the movement of words/print, 'rivers running through sentences', shimmering of text & colour fringing. This can result in the feeling of blurred vision and focusing issues, resulting in concentration problems, headaches, eyestrain and visual fatigue.


Coloured overlays and personalised precision-tinted lenses together with a suitably adjusted and optimised spectacle lens prescription has been found to help relieve some of the visual symptoms that can be associated with Visual Stress caused by some types of Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties. This has been confirmed by the evidence-based research previously carried out on behalf of the  Medical Council.  At Visual Answers Optometrists in Loughborough, we specialise in the treatment of Visual Stress using a Cerium Colorimeter.

Our treatment approach is based around the code of conduct of the Society of Coloured Lens Prescribers and is designed to help to reduce symptoms of pattern glare in children, students and adults. We can also use aspects of Behavioral Optometry to further attempt to help optimise the visual processing system. We have been involved in this field for over 25 years.

Signs and symptoms of Visual Stress (also known as Visual Dyslexia) have been found to exist in some cases of:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • AD(H)D
  • Autistic Spectral Disorders (ASD).
  • Photosensitive Migraine.
  • Photosensitive Epilepsy
  • Types of Head Injuries and Head Trauma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS: Hypermobility & associated symptoms)
  • Neurodiversity

Visual Answers Opticians Loughboroughwe specialise in the screening of Visual Stress and in the assessment of visual processing. We carry out specialised eye tests, that  assess eye-tracking , binocular stability, rate of reading, your colour sensitivity and can carry manual and computerised intuitive overlay sensitivity testing & use  Intuitive colorimetry.  We are one of the few opticians in Loughborough that have invested a Cerium intuitive colorimeter that allows us to prescribe the optimal colour (in terms of a personalised precision-tinted lens for Hue and Saturation) that can help individuals who suffer from the symptoms of Visual Stress.  



Our approach to the treatment of Visual Stress is based on the findings and work performed by Professor Bruce Evans and Professor Arnold Wilkins and the working protocols recommended by the  Society of Coloured Lens Prescribers.



Visual Answers have over 25 years of experience in the field of treatments and help for Visual Stress working closely with individuals with a range of Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, AD(H)D, Autistic Spectral Disorders & with students from Loughborough University & other organisations and institutions around Loughborough, Leicestershire and Nottingham.


We also work with individuals who suffer symptoms of Visual Stress without have any learning difficulty. 

We also engage directly with clients from all over the UK and Europe and also work with and accept referrals from Hospitals, GP's, Educational Psychologists, Universities, Teachers, SENCO's, Schools, Colleges and Private Tutors and we work closely with them for the best outcomes for our clients.  


For more information about the term 'Visual Dyslexia' and the visual effects of Visual Stress   please read the short article from the British Dyslexia Association  here.



Call us today on Loughborough (01509) 414151 or (01509) 416800 for more information: For children & Full-Time students under 19, we can offer free initial guidance and advice regarding aspects of the visual affects of Dyslexia and your Vision  with your eye test.

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