Many children and adults suffer from visual discomfort when reading, which can affect fluency, concentration and can cause rapid fatigue. This is generally seen as a ‘movement’ (shimmering) of the print on the page causing headaches and eyestrain. This phenomenon is termed ‘Visual Stress’ and is found to exist in dyslexia, photosensitive migraine, photosensitive epilepsy, autism and ADHD. It typically affects 20% of the population, with 5% of the cases being severe.
For children in particular it is very important to diagnose ‘Visual Stress’ problems early, since their inability to read causes frustration, loss of self-esteem and poor performance at school in these crucial formative years. Read more…