The most common type of specific learning difficulty is often called dyslexia and is defined as a difficulty with reading and sometimes writing too.
Children with dyslexia are often poor at spelling and have trouble with written language.
Optometrists cannot diagnose dyslexia (this is usually done by an educational psychologist ) but can treat some of the symptoms.
The main symptoms include:
- Blurred vision when reading
- Missing a line when reading
- Skipping words
- Words moving on the page
Not all dyslexic children have these visual problems, but for those who do, often simple eye exercises or in some cases spectacles can make a difference.
We have recently added the Intuitive Colorimeter to our Dyslexia & Vision Clinic; an instrument designed to identify the optimum coloured lenses required by some individuals who suffer from photosensitive problems - known scientifically as “visual stress”.
This condition is the cause of some cases of migraine and is very often the underlying reason why some people who struggle to read are often wrongly labelled as “dyslexic”.
Dyslexia is an umbrella term for many sensory problems which affect learning. Visual stress is NOT dyslexia but its symptoms are often confused with dyslexia as they result in poor reading.
Only by using the correct diagnostic assessment can the existence of visual stress be specifically identified.
Sometimes the problem of visual stress may run concurrently with other specific learning difficulties, but when visual stress is identified and treated, then any remaining difficulties associated with learning are easier to deal with.
Coloured lenses are often more useful for particularly light sensitive people who may also suffer from headaches. Thousands of children and adults each year are helped to improved reading using coloured overlays and/or precision coloured lenses.
For more information or to book an assessment please call us on 0208 579 3241
What happens in a Dyslexia Assessment
Though problems with sight are not usually the main cause of dyslexia, certain visual problems that occur more often in dyslexia may contribute to reading difficulty.
A dyslexia assessment include
- Checking for any uncorrected spectacle prescription
- Assessing eye movements to ensure that both eyes are working together
- Measuring any eye muscle instability
- Assessing the ability of the eyes to converge and accommodate on near objects
- Coloured overlay test
- Colorimetry and precision tinted lenses
For more information or to book an assessment please contact us on 0208 579 3241