Help With Visual Stress, Reading & Dyslexia Symptoms

Eye Tests And Treatments For Visual Stress & Irlen Syndrome in Loughborough 

Visual Stress Assessment Fees

For Children under 16 & Full-Time students under 19 in the UK, we provide a free 30-minute consultation with their NHS eye examination. For those not entitled to NHS eye care, we make an initial charge of £35 to include a standard eye examination.

Should you or an individual then require further investigation, an additional 1-hour appointment will be scheduled at an additional charge of £70.

In this appointment, a series of specialist tests investigating binocular stability, eye coordination, fixation disparity, eye tracking, ocular dominance,, rates of reading, computerised colour filter testing & colorimetry will be performed and then specific recommendations made and advice is given.

In some situations, an individual may only require one specific test (in the case of follow-up appointments and treatment etc) - in these situations tests for binocular stability & eye-tracking, overlay & rate of reading tests, and colorimetry are charged based on the time taken in a consultation.

Treatments For Visual Stress That May Be Associated With Types Of Dyslexia

Treatment of Visual Stress, (Visual Dyslexia or Mears-Irlen Syndrome etc) may include the use of coloured overlays and or the prescribing of precision tinted lenses with or without an additional lens prescription to correct any binocular instability or refractive error. It may also include the treatment of eye-tracking problems (binocular instability). This may require glasses and or eye exercises. 

A substantial percentage (up to 40%) of people with learning difficulties can have associated symptoms of visual stress that can be significantly reduced by optimisation of the entire visual system (the pathways from the eye to the visual cortex), the correction of any binocular instability & the appropriate use of coloured overlays and precision lenses.

Oversensitivity or exertion in part, or the entirety of the visual system or over-stimulation of part of the visual cortex are believed to be major factors underlying the causes of visual stress and pattern glare. The treatment methodology described above and that we use has been tried and tested & found to be hugely successful for a number of years. This is confirmed by evidence-based research by the Medical Council (UK) & is also validated by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

'Eye-Physio' For Eye-Tracking, Visual Stress  & Visual Symptoms with Dyslexia

Others who suffer from Visual Stress may just require simple exercises that with guidance can be done at home involving regular orthoptic treatment and other specific "eye physio" methods (using aspects of Behavioural Optometry, Sports Vision Techniques & Vision Therapy) - these treatments and exercises are designed to improve ocular-motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination, eye tracking, fusional reserves (the ability of the eyes to perform optimally in visually stressfully situations such as reading under pressure in exams, driving at night, working on VDU's etc) and others that involve cerebellar stimulation & improving connections between the right and left hemispheres in the brain.

The exercises regime needs to be carried out every day for approximately 20 minutes typically for 6 to 9 months & followed up with progress visits to ourselves every 3 months. The "eye physio" program cost varies depending on symptoms & findings but typically starts from £12.95 per month after the initial assessments are completed . These eye exercises are particularly useful in cases of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

New Treatments For Visual Stress and Visual Processing 

In some cases, clients may not respond positively to colour and a new generation of 'smart lenses' have shown promising results that we now may also prescribe when suitable .

One clear lens uses 'honeycomb pinhole technology' and 'smart mesh' technology that helps manage the direction of light entering the eye . This has been found to increase rates of reading and at the same time reduce eye fatigue, migraines and headaches.

Other filters work by also reducing blocking blue light entering the eyes and by doing so, can improve comfort and reading rates, sore eyes, neck strain, headaches and digital eye strain. These lenses can also assist to improve sleep patterns particularly when individuals work with digital devices or under fluorescent and LED lights. The lens works by further educing pattern glare - something very disturbing to those with Visual Stress.

Visual Stress Reports.

We can prepare a report that can be used for the benefit of the patient for their GP, at school, college, work or university or for an Educational Psychologist. In some circumstances, we also find no specialist treatment is required and in other cases recommend referral to another field of specialism - the report will include these scenarios and we charge £70 for a written report.

If a patient is coming from a distance or from abroad, then arrangements can be made to carry out all the consultations in one visit - please call us on 44 (1509) 414151 or email us your details & circumstances.  We will always try and accommodate your requirements. In most cases, we also like to send you a questionnaire to complete before your appointment.

Please note: We cannot make the formal diagnoses of Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difficulty (Spld) - this is the job of an Educational Psychologist - though we can refer you to one if we feel you need this. Not all individuals who have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ASD have associated Visual stress or Visual Dyslexia or a learning difficulties - we will of course discuss this with you in more detail in your initial consultation. To find out if you or your child has symptoms of dyslexia, one of our patients has created a very useful video we strongly recommend that you watch. Symptoms of dyslexia

University Students and financial help for Learning Difficulties

Disability Students’ allowance (DSA) provides extra financial help for certain students at university. You may get DSAs if you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Find out what’s available and how to apply.

Full-time students under 19 do get help towards NHS eye tests and glasses that can help towards the cost of coloured glasses for visual stress and visual dyslexia. Full-time students over the age of 19 may still be able to apply for some help towards the cost of eye tests and glasses by completing an HC2 form available at most opticians, pharmacies and post offices. For more information click here.

Resources and Help for Visual Stress & Dyslexia in Loughborough

Visual Answers provide high quality resources for clients with Dyslexia and associated Visual Stress

Coloured A4 overlays

"Classroom Set" of 30: five most popular colours for teachers

9 aqua blue, 9 yellow, 4 grass green, 4 pink, 4 Sky

ONLY £44.99 + VAT

Coloured Reading Rulers

Plain Window Mixed Colour Packs: 30

Class Pack of 30: five most popular colours

9 aqua, 9 yellow, 4 grass , 4 pink, 4 Sky

ONLY £24.99 + VAT

Tinted Excercise Books

Tinted exercise books are just the right size: they don't stand out as different in the pile of books.

48 pp , 10 mm or 15 mm ruled, and 7.5mm or 10 mm grid.

Colours available: Yellow, Aqua, Sky blue, Grass Green, Pink, Purple, Cream Orange

1 - 9 books £1.59 ea + VAT

10 - 199 books £1.49 ea + VAT

200 books or more £1.29 ea + VAT

Visual Stress Assessment Kits for schools and SEN teachers

The pack is written and designed for ease of use by non-specialists, and includes everything necessary to carry out a thorough assessment.


Two sets of 10 (A5) overlays in sturdy punched zip pockets

Testing pages for reading ability in two font styles and eight font sizes

Full easy to follow assessment instruction manual

Information on Visual Stress symptoms and treatment

Photocopiable recording sheets

Templates for letters to parents and employers

Bibliography and web links

Sturdy D-ring presentation binder

ONLY £49.99 + VAT

All prices correct at the time of publication and exclude Delivery Postage & Packing

Call us or email with your precise requirements.

On Site Consultancy

We can provide consultancy and presentations to schools and other organisations about  Visual Stress, Dyslexia, Visual Ergonomics, Visual Optimisation of the work environment including colour/tint optimisation of workstations and VDU screens.

Links For Those With Visual Stress and Visual Symptoms Associated With Dyslexia in Loughborough & Leicestershire 

Visual Answers Optometrists Loughborough

Help With reading For Those With Dyslexia

More on DSA Allowance For Students With Mears-Irlen Syndrome

Dyslexia Action

Dyspraxia Foundation

Learn-Write Centre

Eye Excercises (For Dyslexia with associated Visual Stress)