What is Meares-Irlen Syndrome (Visual Stress)?

This is a condition which affects the way the brain processes visual information, such as colour, contrast and glare. Research has shown that it may affect approximately 20% of the general population, and 5% will be significantly affected. Sometimes it is associated with other conditions such as, migraine or dyslexia, but it can also occur in isolation.

Meares-Irlen Syndrome, also known as visual stress, can affect people in a variety of different ways. People may experience some of the following symptoms in varying degrees:

  • Problems tracking text and losing their place when reading
  • See patterns in text or print distorts or blurs
  • Find white paper too bright or experience glare when reading
  • Difficulty reading for long periods
  • Experience headaches or tiredness when reading
  • Sensitive to bright lights, sunlight and glare.

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