Vision – Symptoms

Around 35-40% of people with dyslexic difficulties are estimated to experience visual disturbance or discomfort when reading print.

Symptoms The symptoms will have been present throughout your life but some people experience symptoms after a minute of reading; others find the symptoms take longer to appear. The degree of symptoms can also vary from person to person with more marked symptoms creating barriers to successful reading.

General Problems May Include

  • Strain working under bright lighting
  • Difficulty finding comfortable lighting
  • Glare from bright objects
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches from reading, working at a computer, watching TV, supermarket lighting.

Symptoms Resulting from Reading may include:

  • Poor comprehension
  • Skips words or lines
  • Reads slowly or hesitantly
  • Loses place
  • Eye Strain

When reading you may see the words:

  • Jumping off the page
  • Spinning
  • Moving around
  • Not staying where they are supposed to

Symptoms Judging Distances may include:

  • Clumsiness
  • Accident Prone
  • Bumps into things
  • Difficulty catching small balls

If you have any of the above symptoms, it is advisable to have a standard vision test at your local Optician.

If, after the eye test and the appropriate treatment, the symptoms remain, you ought to be tested for Meares – Irlen syndrome.