Dyslexia Dublin (CETC)


Visual Stress

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We now offer Visual Stress Assessments for individuals as well as Assessment training for schools and businesses.

What is Visual Stress?

Visual Stress is a visual perceptual disorder that causes various unpleasant symptoms whilst reading, particularly if reading for a prolonged period. It can have an adverse effect on the development of reading skills, especially reading fluency. Research shows that 15-20% of people suffer from Visual Stress to some degree and, although not the same as dyslexia, it is more common in those who are dyslexic. It is an over-sensitivity to light causing glare from the white background on a page, whiteboard or computer screen, which can cause headaches, eye strain (sore, red or watering eyes) and fatigue. There may also be a sensitivity to fluorescent lighting and flicker on computer monitors.

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Some people experience movement of printed text, letters changing in size or shape, letters appearing back to front or shimmering or shaking, illusions of colour, text appearing blurred or faded and letters bunching together.

What are the Symptoms?

There are numerous symptoms that can indicate Visual Stress, however a person will generally have some, rather than all of them and not everyone will have the same characteristics.

When reading, these include:–

  • Moving closer to or away from the page
  • Keep moving head and/or body position
  • Reads bent over the page
  • Yawning
  • Rubbing Eyes
  • Frequently looking away from the page
  • Blinking excessively
  • Tracking the line of text on the page with their finger
  • Reading slowly and haltingly
  • Skipping lines or words when reading out loud
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Fatigue

We stock a comprehensive range of Visual Stress Products on our website, including a Visual Stress Self-Test Kit,     www.dyslexiadublin.ie

Please contact us for further information.

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