Visual Stress

Visual stress is not a symptom of dyslexia but 50% of those who have visual stress also happen to be dyslexic.

According to the British Dyslexia Association (https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/eyes-and-dyslexia):

Visual stress is not a symptom of dyslexia but 50% of those who have visual stress also happen to be dyslexic.

People with visual stress may experience one or several of the following:

  • Blurred letters or words which go out of focus
  • Letters which move or present with back to front appearance or shimmering or shaking
  • Headaches from reading
  • Words or letters which break into two and appear as double
  • Find it easier to read large, widely spaced print, than small and crowded
  • Difficulty with tracking across the page
  • Upset by glare on the page or oversensitive to bright lights

In some cases any of these symptoms can significantly affect reading ability. It can also make reading very tiring. Of course a child will not necessarily recognise what they see as a problem, as this is how they always see text.