Specsavers in Swindon is highlighting an additional service to people who suffer from visual stress. (Meares-Irlen Syndrome)

Visual stress is sensitivity to visual patterns, described as ‘rivers’ or ‘worms’. In some individuals this condition can cause visual perception problems which interfere with reading. The symptoms can occur despite normal vision.

Store director, David Grieves, said: ‘Visual stress can be extremely uncomfortable and a great strain on anyone who suffers from the condition. I would urge anyone who is concerned to pop in to store to talk to a member of the team and to book an appointment.’

The symptoms of visual stress:

  • Movement of printed text
  • Blurring of print
  • Letters changing size or shape
  • Patterns in the print
  • Halos of colour surrounding text
  • Tiring easily when reading

The opticians offer a test, also known as colourimetry testing which is only provided by a select number of opticians in the area.

Helping people with learning difficulties

The condition can affect anyone at any age although it is common among those that suffer from learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, photosensitive epilepsy, autism and ADHD.

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