Coloured Overlays

Some individuals with apparently normal eyesight, experience discomfort when viewing a page of print. Some report that the words appear to move, wobble or flicker while others say that the page appears too bright or the words are too close together. 

This condition is referred to as Meares-Irlen syndrome. Those affected may skip words or lines when reading. Others report eyestrain or headaches after reading. 

There is now considerable evidence that, for reasons that are poorly understood, these symptoms are sometimes relieved by changing the background colour to the print. This can be achieved by placing a coloured filter over printed text (coloured overlay) or by wearing spectacles with tinted lenses. Computer users can be helped in the same way by changing the screen colours. The colour required to achieve optimum relief varies between individuals and may change over time.

We can prescribe & advise on the use of:

  1. Coloured overlays.
  2. Tinted/coloured glasses.
  3. VDU Screen colour modification.



Initial Assessment (30mins)    £40 includes report for teachers & partents.

Subsequent Assessments      £25

Coloured Overlays                  £7.50 / sheet    (Printed and customised at the practice)

                                                £10 / sheet       (from the Institute of Optometry)

Tinted Glasses                        NHS    £75 (tint) + NHS voucher & Frame (where applicable)

                                                Private            Children          £75 + Frame

                                                                        Adults             £75 + Lenses + Frame



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