Dyslexia / Visual Stress acetates

Neil Allcock, who runs TheGarwValley.org, discovered dyslexia / visual stress acetates whilst volunteering as an adult reading coach with Forest Read Easy Deal.

Due to the generosity of our Patreons we have created a simple 4 colour acetate reading sheet that are available to try in:
Blade’z Gentleman’s Hair Salon, Mandy’s Hair Salon, Nieve’s hair and beauty salon, R & B Barbers, and Well Pharmacy.

If you find that coloured acetates help with your reading then please contact a local optometrist or optician.

People with dyslexia or visual stress may experience one or several of the following:

  • Blurred letters or words which go out of focus.
  • Letters which move or present with back to front appearance or shimmering or shaking.
  • Headaches from reading.
  • Words or letters which break into two and appear as double.
  • Find it easier to read large, widely spaced print, than small and crowded.
  • Difficulty with tracking across the page.
  • Upset by glare on the page or oversensitive to bright lights.

Many dyslexic people and those that suffer from visual stress are sensitive to the glare of white backgrounds on a page.

White light is made up of several colours, each with its own frequency. Some of these frequencies can confuse the brain.

The ‘glare’ causes words to blur or even move on the page.

The use of a coloured background or coloured acetate over a white page can be used to eliminate the colour frequency that is causing the problem.

Migraine-dyslexia.com has a great colour testing tool on their website which has 16 colours that people can test against a white background to discover which is the most suitable for them.

Tinted reading glasses can also also help by reducing the white glare.


TheGarwValley.org has been given the the promo code “learning”

which gives you 10% off tinted reading glasses at happyeye.co.uk.

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