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Eye Examinations Help Struggling Children

Friday, 16 January 2009

MORE than 500,000 people in Scotland have dyslexia yet a simple eye examination could help struggling children.

Graham Stringer, MP for Manchester Blackley yesterday sparked debate when he claimed that dyslexia is a myth invented to cover up bad teaching of reading and writing.

Peter Carson, regional chair of Specsavers in Scotland says; 'Many people complain of visual stress, which is a feeling of eye strain when reading or writing. Occasionally, people find that the letters start to jump around on the page when reading. This is closely linked to the condition dyslexia. Children who suffer from this condition therefore tend to avoid reading and as a result their education can suffer.'

Specsavers stores throughout Scotland offer a specialised testing service, using an intuitive colorimeter. Research shows that visual stress from reading can be reduced by using colour filters in prescription lenses.  The filters are either placed directly over the page, also known as coloured overlays or they are worn in spectacles as precision tints.

Peter continues: 'We need to highlight that this is a real condition and encourage more children and also adults to have eye examinations on a regular basis. The intuitive screener allows us to select a precise filter specific to the individual that will enhance performance and learning at school. Visual stress is a condition which is easy to treat yet many are unaware of its condition and its symptoms.'

Classic symptoms of visual stress are:

  • Words move around on the page
  • Headaches caused by reading
  • Words appear blurry
  • Page is too bright and words cannot be seen properly
  • Eyes hurt during or after reading


To book an eye appointment or find your local store, call 0800 0680 241 or log onto www.specsavers.co.uk




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers


For further information please contact: 

Sarah Stuart   Beattie Communications  sarah.stuart@beattiegroup.com

01324 602 559/07876 548 578


Specsavers notes to editors                                               

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,260 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.05 billion for the financial year 2008/9
  • The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the seventh year running by Reader's Digest in 2008
  • One in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers Opticians - eight and a half million glasses were sold during 2007
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and will offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations by the end of 2008
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries