Dyslexia And How Certain Eyewear Can Alleviate Symptoms

Dyslexia is a broad reaching term for those who struggle to read and write correctly due to malfunctioning neurological connections between the eyes and the brain, causing undesired altering of vision when reading and writing text.

It is thought that as many as 10 percent of any given population can suffer a varying range of symptoms of the condition, which varies from the majority of standard vision deficiencies in many ways, with certain types of glasses required to aid sufferers from the cognitive subtypes of dyslexia which include auditory, visual and attentional.

Characteristics of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a form of learning disability characterised by blurred letters and a ‘jumbled’ appearance of some words while trying to read, inevitably affecting the ability to write accurately and efficiently also due to words which appear double or broken, with the addition of headaches while reading text making the overall process of reading and writing incredibly difficult.

Much research into the use of glasses for alleviating the problems arising from dyslexia has lead to the development of tinted or coloured glasses which help reduce visual stress when diagnosed with such eye based disorders. Acetate sheets such as these are available on prescription from an optician or through online ordering through selected retailers if aware of what to purchase.

Glasses to Improve Vision

Glasses can certainly help those with certain subtypes of dyslexia, particular those who report predominantly vision based problems, with lenses available to enable increased magnification of text which can improve reading and writing conditions and reduce the blurred or muddled view experienced when reading or writing.

An optometrist can provide dyslexics with coloured filters which help reduce the strain on the eyes when reading, as a child for example when attempting to view text on a bright whiteboard or computer screen where glare can exacerbate existing symptoms. The colour of the tint is extremely important, with a visit to the opticians and use of an Intuitive Colourimeter device aiding the search for the right lens tint required.

Those Who May or May Not Need Special Glasses

Determining precise symptoms, type and severity of Dyslexia in each individual is vital for the correct treatment. Extensive tests are required to realise certain symptoms which may have previously appeared normal to those suffering from the condition, including focusing of single words at a time or obscuring of text information on any given surface.


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Glasses are unlikely to help those who suffer alternative or milder forms of Dyslexia, particularly if viewing text in a sharp, clear and stable manner, in which glasses are unlikely to be of any practical use. For those who do require them though, improved results such as increased reading speed, accuracy and comprehension can help improve the vital ability of reading and writing which we rely on in school and many careers.

Jamie blogs about health and technology for leading spectacles online provider www.directsight.co.uk.

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