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Carers of children struggling to read invited to Opticians event

Parents, SENCO teachers and other educational specialists local to Ewell are invited to an event to help understand more about ‘visual stress’, a leading cause for children becoming disinterested in reading, or finding reading uncomfortable.

Young people who often use a finger or ruler as a guide, who skip words or lines unintentionally, or who become restless, rub their eyes or blink obsessively when reading, may be suffering from visual stress – where part of the brain becomes over-stimulated while trying to process letters and numbers.

When this happens, print can appear to ‘move’ on a page or become blurred; letters can change shape or size, and blobs of colour can appear in and around the text. This makes it uncomfortable to read and is tiring on the eyes, causing lots of young people to become put off by reading without being able to articulate why.

The event by Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists, at its Ewell practice at 68 High Street, will be held on 7th December between 4pm and 5:30pm and will give those who care for young people the opportunity to understand more about the condition, the impact it can have on children’s ability to read and the solutions to the challenge.

In particular, it will explore colorimetry, where coloured filters are used to minimise over-stimulation in the brain while reading, to ease discomfort and encourage children to enjoy reading.

Hosting the event will be Suniti Jobanputra, an Optometrist in Bayfields’ Ewell practice, which has specific colorimetry technology available to alleviate visual stress and supply products to overcome the issue. Both Suniti and her daughter suffer from visual stress and utilise coloured lenses every day to read comfortably.
4pm - 5.30pm
Bayfields Opticians, 68 High St, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1RL
Wed 7 Dec 2022
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