At Berry's we can assess an individual for visual stress to see if a coloured overlay would be of benefit. With the appropriate filter reading ages in children can sometimes improve 3-4 years in a matter of weeks. This can have a dramatic effect on learning and also improve confidence and self esteem.
Meares-Irlen syndrome is not limited to learning in children, adults suffer just the same but appear to tolerate/adapt to symptoms over time. However, research has also shown benefits to individuals struggling to read after a stroke or those suffering from photosensitive migraine.
Anyone with symptoms of visual stress when reading will need a full eye test first, by a qualified Optometrist to exclude any obvious visual problems that may be causing symptoms.
If no visual problem is detected, a coloured overlay test is performed. At Berry's we use a computer software program to establish which colour of filter is preferred and checked against baseline data. The selected overlay is then supplied for a period of six weeks to see if any improvement has been found.
If an improvement is found the overlays can be supplied as needed or tinted spectacles can be provided. This aids compliance and is a more convenient option especially in the classroom. The tint required on the spectacle lens will differ from the selected overlay and further testing will establish the correct tint.
Please be aware that visual stress testing is not an NHS service and we do have to charge for the consultation a fee of £45:00 which includes the initial overlay supply. Precision tinted lenses and spectacles start from £125:00.