Learning Difficulties


‘Dyslexia is the most common learning difficulty and most recognised reading disorder ‘ .

There are 3 proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia , i) Auditory , ii) Attentional and iii) Visual.
It is this visual form that we try and address at Spectrum Family Eyecare using the Cerium Coloured Overlays, Wilkins Rate of Reading Test and finally the Cerium Colorimeter to assess the specific tint for each patient to put into spectacles. We prefer to call it Visual Stress , this is a term used to describe visual discomfort and perceptual distortions in printed text , and is suffered by many people who struggle to read. The condition is estimated to be in approximately 20% of the general population and can exist more significantly in 40% of poor readers.

The 3 important steps we like patients to take in every case are :-
1) A full eye examination to rule out any other visual anomalies which may result in the need for an ocular correction or visual training.
2) Overlay Assessment to ascertain which coloured overlay works best for for each patient . If this system does not work it will be found out at this point and other avenues will need to researched by the patient.
3) Intuitive Colorimetry assessment. This will give the patient the exact colour , hue and depth , that Cerium Optical Australia can match exactly into the spectacle lenses, either prescription or plano , for the patient to then wear when they feel it necessary.

So please call Spectrum Family Eyecare on 08 9399 2599 to arrange your first step in the assessment to see if specifically tinted lenses may help you or your relative .


  • Find the page too bright when you read
  • Words move on the page
  • Get sore eyes when reading
  • Difficulty tracking or copying
  • Need to close your eyes or look away when reading
  • Find patterns difficult to look at