Visual Stress

What is Visual Stress?

Visual stress (also known as Meares Irlen Syndrome MIS) is a processing condition which makes reading difficult. It can create disturbing visual patterns throughout test, which can lead to fatigue, headache and frustration when reading. Visual stress affects around 20-25% of the general population, but this may rise to somewhere in the region of 60% in the dyslexic population. Although closely linked to dyslexia and other educational difficulties it is a separate condition on its own.

Could you have visual stress?

The following symptoms are common in Visual Stress- • Movement of words when reading • Patterns throughout text • Blurring of text • Coloured fringing throughout black and white test • Glare off white paper • Fatigue • Headaches Visual Stress sufferers tend to be restless/fidgety when reading.

What can we do to help?

Visual Stress can be reduced if not removed completely by the use of colour. Initially the condition is treated with the use of coloured acetate called an overlay.

An overlay assessment will last around 30 mins and costs £40. This includes a short report and an overlay for you to take away.