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Dyslexia Vision

Dyslexia Vision

At Alfred Jay Opticians we provide a specialist Dyslexia Vision service – specific visual assessments and corrective lenses that have been clinically proven to help children (and adults) with dyslexia as well as learning and reading difficulties.

Dyslexia Vision tests (also known as ‘School Vision Tests’) are not part of the basic NHS eye examination, which only deals with the health of the eyes and how well each eye can see.

When we read, our dominant eye should take over the job of aiming at the words.  However, if both eyes compete to do the same job, the words and letters may appear to shift out of order, sending confused messages to the brain.  This can cause difficulties in reading and spelling.

If this takes place when a child is learning how to read, the effect on confidence, enjoyment of reading and behaviour can be profound.

Problems often appear as fatigue, headaches, frustration and may even manifest as a lack of attentiveness or poor behaviour in class.

In extreme cases, this can also affect other areas of development.

At Alfred Jay Opticians, with a Diploma in School Vision, Rabiyyah is experienced in specialised visual assessments and corrective lenses (including tinted lenses and coloured over-lays ) to reduce binocular problems and improve reading and vision for people with dyslexia and associated reading difficulties.

If a child or adult complains of at least one of the following, they may benefit from specific Dyslexia Vision tests:

  • Blurred letters or words which go in and out of focus*
  • Letters which move, shimmer or shake or present back-to-front
  • Headaches or fatigue from reading
  • Words or letters which split into two and appear as double
  • Finds it easier to read large, widely spaced print
  • Difficulty with tracking across the page
  • Upset by glare on the page, whiteboard, computer screen
  • Oversensitivity to bright lights
  • Poor reading ability
  • Poor concentration
(*A child may not necessarily recognise what/how they see as a problem, as this is how they always see text)

Many of the signs and symptoms associated with learning difficulties and dyslexia may be due to a binocular visual problem, which, once corrected, will make a significant, positive difference to their reading and learning.

The benefits may include:

  • better school performance
  • improved reading ability and speed
  • improved arithmetic
  • increased self-esteem & self-confidence
  • clearer writing
  • increased concentration
  • decreased tiredness and anxiety
  • reduction of headaches/migraines; and
  • reduced hyperactivity

If you would like to book a Dyslexia Vision assessment, please contact us on:

020 8884 3870

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* Definition from the British Dyslexia Association website

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