What is involved in the Assessment?
1) The eye examination
To confirm that the eyes are normal and healthy. Parents are asked about their child’s vision and family history. If glasses or muscle exercises (to improve co-ordination of eye movements) are required, then a further appointment will be made in about six weeks to check progress. If this has resolved the difficulties then no further action is necessary.
2) Coloured overlay assessment
If the symptoms are still present then a further appointment will be necessary to look into other aspects affecting visual comfort and to investigate, in full, the effect of colour, using a specialised computer programme. If we determine that a particular colour is of benefit we can issue an overlay and the child/adult will be asked to use it for reading at school or work and at home for six weeks, and then followed-up to check progress.
3) Colorimetry Assessment
If overlays are beneficial the Optometrist may suggest a full Colorimetry assessment as the next stage. This allows prescribing of prescription glasses with coloured lenses. The colour will be more specific to each individuals needs, much more precise than overlays and very often a different colour to the overlay. Coloured lenses are also much more convenient than overlays for board and computer work.
To book an appointment for a reading difficulties assessment please phone through to reception or use the contact us section.