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Meares-Irlen syndrome Testing

Some individuals with apparently normal eyesight, experience discomfort when viewing a page of print. Some report that the words appear to move, wobble or flicker while others say that the page appears too bright or the words are too close together.This condition is referred to as Meares-Irlen syndrome. Those affected by the condition may skip words or lines when reading. Others report eyestrain or headaches after reading. There is now considerable evidence that, for reasons that are poorly understood, these symptoms are sometimes relieved by changing the background colour to the print. This can be achieved by placing a coloured filter over printed text (coloured overlay) or by wearing spectacles with tinted lenses. Computer users can be helped in the same way by changing the screen colours.

The colour required to achieve optimum relief varies between individuals and may change over time.The colour required to minimise the distortions can be quite precise and varies from one person to the next. Therefore, it is vital that testing is carried out systematically by a person who is suitably qualified and trained.

Our Optometrist has had training in being able to screen for Meares-Irlen Syndrome and uses the very latest screening equipment to scientifically determine which coloured overlay will improve your childs rate of reading ability. Once this is discovered then a specific coloured overlay can be provided for use for the individual to use to read over text to improve reading performance. The optometrist can also specify the correct R:G:B colour setting to be used on your PC or IPad in conjunction with a free software download using this link: Screen Tinter

After a period of 3 months it is normal to perform another eyetest and review the effect of coloured overlays and glasses on vision. If the coloured overlay has had the desired effect then a further different dyslexia test can be undertaken to determine the precise colour tint needed to minimise distortions in glasses. Often the tint needed can be quite different between coloured overlays and the tint incorporated into spectacles.

Coincidently we have also discovered that using a specific tint for migraine sufferers in glasses helps immensely in preventing or easing migraines. For a list  professional service prices please click here.