Visual Stress In Children

Visual stress in children

Our eyes are very good at letting us know if something is not quite right.  Visual stress is one way. Visual stress means that the eyes are under strain and are not performing at their peak,  or functioning as they should.

At Eyes By Design, we provide comprehensive assessments and personalised solutions to alleviate visual stress in children. Our experienced Behavioural Optometrists specialise in paediatric vision care and can help identify and address the underlying issues contributing to visual stress.


Visual stress and reading

Visual Stress in Children – Helping Your Child Thrive

At Eyes By Design, we understand that visual stress in children can significantly impact their reading abilities and overall well-being. While visual stress may not be immediately noticeable, it can make reading a challenging and exhausting task for your child.

For a child with visual stress, reading becomes an unpleasant and tiring exercise
Read more about the visual stress signs in kids.

We’re here to help you identify and address visual stress, allowing your child to enjoy reading and learning without unnecessary discomfort.

They may experience headaches, sensitivity to light, and other stresses which are brought on when looking at text at close distance.

Signs of visual stress in children

Visual stress can manifest differently in each child, making it essential to be aware of potential signs. If you notice that your child exhibits any of the following symptoms while reading, it may be an indication of visual stress:

  • Squinting or rubbing eyes while reading.
  • Frequently losing their place or skipping lines.
  • Complaints of blurred or moving text.
  • Rapid fatigue or disinterest in reading.
  • Headaches or eye strain during or after reading sessions.
  • Increased sensitivity to bright lights or glare.
  • Holding books or materials too close or too far away.
  • They confuse words which appear similar or with similar beginnings and endings
  • They are closing one eye, tilting their head to use one eye only, or going too close to the page
  • Poor comprehension or slow reading speed.
  • Avoidance of reading due to the discomfort associated with visual stress and may develop an aversion to reading.
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Treatment for your child’s visual stress

Once visual stress has been identified, our dedicated team at Eyes By Design will work closely with you and your child to develop a personalised solution. We may recommend specific interventions or strategies tailored to address your child’s unique needs and alleviate visual stress symptoms.

These solutions may include:

  1. Prescription Eyewear: Wearing tailor-made glasses specially designed for you and enhanced with the right coatings provides relief from symptoms and enables you to function at your best.
  2. Vision therapy exercises: Customised vision therapy exercises can enhance your child’s visual skills, improving eye teaming, tracking, and focusing abilities.
  3. Environmental modifications: Simple adjustments in the reading environment, such as using appropriate lighting, reducing glare, and adjusting font size and spacing, can alleviate visual stress symptoms.
  4. Education and support: We believe in empowering parents and educators with knowledge about visual stress. Our team will provide guidance on supporting your child’s visual needs and implementing strategies to create a more conducive learning environment.

At Eyes By Design, our goal is to enhance your child’s visual comfort and reading experience. We are committed to providing compassionate care and innovative solutions to help your child overcome visual stress and thrive academically. Schedule an appointment with us today and let us support your child’s vision for a brighter future.

Dr Nick is wonderful with children.   He has 30 years of experience working with children and loves talking to your child so they understand what is going on.

Your child will feel comfortable and relaxed – each session will be like having a conversation and playing some fun games as he examines and assesses your child’s eyes.

A bit confused about your child and what help you need.  It costs nothing to have a chat to Dr Nick.  He will advise if you need to have your child assessed. Book an appointment to have your child’s eyes examined by Dr Nick.

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