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It's just absolutely amazing to be able to see Mabel read and to know that a small piece or coloured lens can make such a difference to her life! Thank you so much Andrew...

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Could you or your child read better with colour?

Many people struggle when reading. This may be due to a condition called Visual Stress. "Visual stress" describes the difficulty, pain or discomfort some people experience when reading. It's a common visual condition, yet many sufferers haven't heard of it or aren't aware that they could get simple, effective treatment.


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If you notice any difference in comfort or clarity with colour here, you would benefit from a full assessment contact us to book an appointment.

Assessment questionnaire

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Ask the Expert

"Visual stress can affect up to 50% of children and adults with dyslexia and whether they have dyslexia or not, it interferes with the visual process of reading and writing. If letters and symbols move around or shimmer on a page, it is difficult to read and write effectively.

It is vital that such individuals are identified by a specially trained optometrist who can assess and advise on the most appropriate form of treatment. Giving the right kind of help to someone in this situation will make a huge difference to their life".

- Dr Liz Ferguson, Dyslexia North East

Read about some of our Visual Stress patients

  • Read Mabel's story in the Journal and Chronicle or read here

    Read Mabel's story in the Journal and Chronicle or read here
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  • Read Josh's story in the Evening Chronicle or read here

    Read Josh's story in the Evening Chronicle or read here
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  • Read Tom O's story

    Read Tom O's story
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  • Read Tom R's story here

    Read Tom R's story here
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  • Read Gemma's story here

    Read Gemma's story here
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Pricing Summary

Initial symptom review (20 minute telephone consultation) FREE
Online coloured overlay assessment £60
Visual stress assessment and colorimetry £140
Precision tinted spectacle lenses from £200 per pair
Additional follow on appointments £40

Annual Review (for existing Keyes Eyecare patients)

£60

To find out more about Visual Stress, and how Keyes Eyecare might be able to help you, please get in touch.

Visual Stress Symptoms

Visual discomfort

  • Rubbing eyes a lot
  • Blinking a lot
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches

Print may look unusual

  • Text moves, vibrates or is blurry
  • Words fade or disappear
  • Patterns or colours appear in text
  • Spots of light appear on the page
  • Glare - text of patterns seem bright

You may

  • Find reading difficult
  • Lose your place when reading
  • Have poor concentration
  • Get tired when reading
  • Have difficulty learning to read or write
  • Have a slow reading speed

1 in 5 children have some degree of Visual Stress.

Binocular Instability and reading difficulties

Some difficulties are caused by Binocular Instability. This occurs when the eyes don't work well together, causing difficulties with vision and reading. With a tailored exercise programme, co-ordination of the eyes can be significantly improved. See Josh's story in the Evening Chronicle for one patient's example.

We are a Dyslexia specialist optician based in Newcastle upon Tyne

Keyes Eyecare specialises in diagnosing and treating patients with Visual Stress, which is also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome.

We use coloured overlays, coloured glasses and eye exercises, which often lead to amazing improvements in reading speed and attention span. We use a colorimeter to help select the best colour for you. There are over 100,000 colour combinations!

What should I do next?

The first step would be for you to complete a questionnaire and symptom screening sheet, which we can email to you.

Once you return the completed forms, we can arrange a free 20 minute telehone consultation to review your responses.  The conclusion to this would be our advice about the best way forward for you. We will be able to tell you at this stage if we don’t feel that you would benefit from an assessment.

If the initial consultation leads us to suggest an online overlay assessment, the assessment will identify whether coloured overlays would help and which colour, or colours, benefit you best.  The cost of the online consultation is £60 and coloured overlays cost £8 each.

If, after a period of time, the overlays prove successful, many people chose to go on to have a Full Visual Stress Assessment and Colorimetry Assessment, at a cost of £140.  This involves a detailed face to face assessment of the way that the eyes work together and investigates the way that visual information is processed in the brain.  It often leads to precision tinted glasses, but also sometimes to eye exercises. 

If eye exercises are needed then typically this would be daily home exercise program set over a two to three month period, with review appointments every 2 to 3 weeks at £40 per appointment. 

Coloured glasses normally give significantly more benefit than overlays. If coloured glasses are needed then the precision tinted lenses cost £200 for most prescriptions and frames are priced from £19.95, depending on the style chosen. 

At every stage there is no obligation to go onto the next stage – many people benefit from the full help, but others find sufficient benefit from the online consultation.

To find out more about Visual Stress, and how Keyes Eyecare might be able to help you, please get in touch.

 

Visual Stress

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