Visual Stress refers to visual discomfort and perceptual distortion in printed text and is suffered by many people who struggle to read.
Symptoms of visual stress are not always immediately obvious. Many individuals who suffer with this condition believe the discomfort they feel when reading or the distortions they experience on the page are “normal” and experienced by everyone.
Signs and Symptoms of visual stress include:
- Movement or blurring of print
- Letters changing shape or size
- Letters fading or darkening
- Patterns appearing
- Illusions of colour
- Rapid tiring of eyes
- Moving closer to or away from page
- Becoming restless
- Using finger as a marker
- Skipping words and lines
- Rubbing eyes and blinking excessively
- Low self esteem.
The simple application of a coloured overlay at an early stage could save years of anxiety and prevent the downward slide in confidence which occurs in most cases when struggling to read. This quick and easy process enables significant improvements in both reading speed and accuracy – enabling longer periods of reading without discomfort.