What is Dyslexia?
People with specific learning difficulties have problems with certain areas of academic performance, yet do well in other subjects and are generally intelligent. The most common type of specific learning difficulty is specific reading difficulty; and this is often called dyslexia.
Dyslexic children may seem intelligent in conversation, but have trouble with written language.
Dyslexia can only be diagnosed with certainty by an educational psychologist at school or privately.
Dyslexia and vision
Most experts agree that problems with sight are not usually a main cause of dyslexia. Certain visual problems, however, do occur more often in dyslexia and these may, in some cases, contribute to reading difficulty.
These visual problems would not normally be detected in a school eye test. The most common visual anomalies in dyslexia are a reduced ability to focus close and poor or unstable co-ordination of the two eyes (binocular instability). A series of tests are needed to detect binocular instability,
These visual problems can cause eyestrain, visual stress, or visual distortions. This may slow reading and discourage children from prolonged reading.
The visual problems can usually be treated with simple eye exercises. In some cases, glasses may be prescribed.
Tinted lenses and Dyslexia
Some people may benefit from coloured overlays placed on top of reading material. Eye Care Opticians can assess what colours can reduce the visual sensations and issue the person a coloured overlay.
If this is still being used after a few months we can refer you to a clinic to make a more precise tint for glasses.
Contact Lenses for Children
With recent developments in contact lens materials it is now possible, with the appropriate care and guidance, for children to be fitted with contact lenses from a very young age. A child should not be restricted in daily activities whether it be sport at school or extra curricular activities because of their glasses.
At Eyecare Opticians we are delighted to see children for contact lenses and, following a through assessment, a suitability decision can be made