Visual Stress

Visual stress in adults

Visual stress means that the eyes are under strain and not performing at their peak or not functioning as they should.
Visual stress can affect adults in various ways, often causing difficulties and discomfort during reading and other visually demanding tasks. While visual stress may not be immediately noticeable, it can significantly impact an individual’s visual experience, leading to symptoms such as headaches, eye strain, light sensitivity, and fatigue when engaging with text or working at close distances.

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Symptoms of Visual Stress in Adults

Visual stress makes it difficult for you to clearly see text and numbers, so your eyes work harder than they must, to help you make sense of and interpret what you see. 

Use our checklist –

  • Do you get headaches or migraines when reading? 
  • Do you find the page too bright when you read?
  • Do the words move on the page?
  • Are your eyes sore eyes during and after reading?
  • Do you have difficulty tracking or copying?
  • Do you need to close your eyes or look away when reading?
  • Do you find patterns difficult to look at or even make you feel sick?

Comprehensive Visual Assessments

If you said yes to any of these questions, or are concerned at all, we recommend you have a chat to our Optometrist
Visual stress can run in families and can occur in children as well.  Early intervention in children can avoid anxiety, learning problems and loss of confidence.  Click here to find out more about the symptoms of visual stress in children [link to visual stress in children].

At Eyes By Design, we are dedicated to providing compassionate care and innovative solutions to address visual stress in adults. Our goal is to enhance your visual comfort, improve your reading experience, and optimize your overall visual well-being.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a more comfortable and efficient visual life.

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Diagnosis of visual stress in adults

During the assessment, we assess visual acuity, eye coordination, focusing abilities, and visual processing skills to gain a comprehensive understanding of your visual needs and potential sources of visual stress.

There are a number of eye tests our Optometrist, Dr Nicholas Altuneg (Dr Nick) can perform to rule out other underlying conditions and assess the way your brain processes visual information.

Using these findings, Dr Nick, will recommend treatment and visual aids to help you reduce or overcome visual stress.

Tailored Solutions for Visual Stress

Upon identifying visual stress, we will work closely with you to develop personalised solutions that address your unique visual needs and alleviate visual stress symptoms.

Our recommended interventions may include:

  • Prescription Eyewear: Wearing tailor-made glasses specially designed for you and enhanced with the right lens coatings provides relief from symptoms and enables you to function at your best.
  • Vision therapy exercises: Customised vision therapy exercises can improve visual skills such as eye teaming, tracking, and focusing, enhancing your overall visual comfort and performance.
  • Environmental modifications: Simple adjustments in your work environment, such as optimizing lighting conditions, reducing glare, and adjusting font size and contrast, can significantly reduce visual stress.
  • Educational support: Our team will provide education and support to help you understand and manage visual stress. We can offer guidance on ergonomic practices, proper reading techniques, and strategies to optimize your visual experience.

There are many options to reduce visual stress, and Eyes By Design can assist.  Call us today to have a chat about your concerns or book an appointment.

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