Visual Stress Disorder Treatment in Melbourne

Visual stress disorder, also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, is a condition where a person, despite having normal vision, experiences reading difficulties, light sensitivity and headaches when exposed to agitating visual patterns.

It is estimated that around 5% of the population of Australia are affected by a visual stress disorder. These people have to work harder than others when trying to read, making reading a very tiring and unpleasant task for them. Many such people are unaware that using coloured overlays or coloured lenses could help them.

In many cases, the symptoms of stress and visual disturbances, as well as dyslexia, can be minimised by using coloured overlays placed over text or using coloured lenses placed in tinted glasses. Our Melbourne clinic is equipped with a colorimeter that can assess which colour tinted glasses will best suit each patient to reduce their symptoms.

Visual Stress Examples

  • Tiredness when reading
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Movement of print
  • Blurring of print
  • Patterns on print
  • Letters change shape or size
  • Shimmering or shaking letters
  • Red, sore or watery eyes
  • Oversensitivity to glare

Signs of Visual Stress Disorder

  • Moving closer to or further away from page
  • Fidgeting
  • Restlessness
  • Skipping words and lines
  • Using the finger as a marker on the page
  • Constantly rubbing your eyes and blinking
  • Frequently re-reading the same line
  • Limited understanding of reading content
  • Frustration and low self-esteem

Test and Assessment

Our optometrist will perform a visual stress test by using an instrument called the intuitive colorimeter. The test will verify whether you have a visual stress disorder and will ascertain which of our coloured overlays or coloured lenses will help to relieve your symptoms.

During the assessment, the intuitive colorimeter autonomously changes the parameters of colour, hue, saturation and brightness while the eyes adapt to the colours. This will determine which precise colour is right for the coloured lenses we manufacture for a patient’s individual needs.

Book an Appointment for Visual Stress Treatment Today

Our Melbourne clinic is equipped with a colorimeter that will assess what type of colorimetry glasses and tint will best reduce the symptoms you experience. If you believe you would benefit from tinted glasses, contact our optometrist today for a consult by giving our clinic a call on (03) 9824 5431.


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