A School Vision Assessment can help to aid your child’s learning
- Some people experience symptoms of visual perceptual distortions and eyestrain when viewing text, and this is often described as ‘visual stress’. Symptoms of visual stress include words appearing to move around or merge together when reading, patterns or shadows appearing within a block of text and a strong aversion to striped patterns.
- The latest estimates are that visual stress is present in around 1 in 5 people with dyslexia, but although they may co-exist, visual stress and dyslexia are different conditions
- Some people who suffer from visual stress find that their symptoms are alleviated by coloured filters, either in the form of coloured overlays or tinted lenses. Coloured filters are normally only considered once a sight test has been performed, and any other potential causes of visual difficulty have been addressed.
MEARES IRLEN SYNDROME
This is a from of visual stress that leads to difficulties reading and close tasks, which can include the words moving around on the paper.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL VISION ASSESSMENT?
In addition to a full eye test, it assesses:
1) Difficulties at school – history and symptoms
2) Muscle balance – eyes working together properly
3) A child’s dominant eye – for better reading skills
4) The ability for eyes to follow a moving object – tracking
5) That both eyes can focus clearly for reading – are spectacles required?
6) Reading speed – scope for improvement
7) Colour preference and light sensitivity – tint/visual comfort
HOW DOES IT HELP?
Following the School Vision Assessment, where spectacles or contact lenses are prescribed,
and sometimes exercises recommended, the benefits for your child are:
1) Better school performance
2) Increased reading speed
3) Increased self esteem/confidence
4) Clearer writing
5) Increased concentration
6) Decreased tiredness & anxiety
7) Reduction of headaches/migraines
8) Calming effect (in children with hypersensitivity)
At Kensington Eye Centre we carry out an extended specialist examination, looking for visual
problems that may be associated with difficulties at school. The appointment is usually one
hour long and can often lead to better educational performance from your child.
Vision therapy is the name for a treatment plan to improve visual efficiency and visual processing, allowing your child to be more responsive to educational instructions and to improve confidence over all. There is no direct cure for learning disabilities, however, vision therapy has be proven to produce significant educational gains.
For more information about the School Vision Assessment or to book an appointment please give our friendly team a call on 0207 937 8282 and they will be happy to help.