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What can Birrell & Rainford Opticians do to help?
Reading and writing for some people is made more difficult by conditions such
as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism and Aspergerís Syndrome. In fact one in ten of us are thought to be dyslexic in some way
which equates to over half a million people in Scotland. However, early recognition, visual correction, appropriate teaching and support
at school can mean people with dyslexia donít have to lose out; Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Richard Branson, Walt Disney,
Winston Churchill, Jamie Oliver and Johnny Depp are a few among many famous dyslexics.
Visual stress describes the discomfort
some people feel when viewing text for long periods of time. Research has shown that around 20% of the population experience varying
degrees of visual stress. Symptoms of visual stress vary but can include: headaches, migraines, eyestrain and words or letters appearing
to Ďjumpí or move on the page. Visual Stress is NOT the same as dyslexia but is more common to those who are dyslexic.
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One of the main difficulties faced by those with dyslexia is a reduced ability to focus close up
and poor or unstable co-ordination of the two eyes, known as binocular instability. Binocular instability can usually only be detected
by a specially trained optician, such as Brenda Rainford who has been a specialist in this field for 20 years. A child with dyslexia,
dyspraxia, dyscalculia or Aspergerís Syndrome or even other mild specific learning difficulties may benefit from assessment for binocular
instability as restoration of binocularity (co-ordination of both eyes) through prescription spectacles or exercises can help reading.
Coloured Overlays & Colourimetry
Coloured overlays and lenses have been found to make a remarkable improvement in reading work
for some children and adults, increasing reading fluency in about 20% of children with reading difficulties as they have the effect
of stabilizing the text for those who find that the text does not stay still or the text seems to dance about.
overlays can help the words and spaces between the words to become clearer and so text is easier to read. Some people find white paper
dazzling and coloured overlays or lenses lessen this effect so there is less visual stress.
With less visual stress people are able
to read more fluently, with less effort, more speed and greater attention span for longer periods of time. The colour tint of overlay
or lens varies from individual to individual and over time colour preferences can change so it is important to have proper assessments
with a qualified optometrist.
Birrell & Rainford Opticians are able to diagnose and prescribe appropriate visual aids through
use of their Coloured Overlays and Intuitive Colorimeterģ and are one of the few opticians in Edinburgh to offer this service.
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Specialist Services in Visual Stress and Reading Difficulties