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 visual_stress - (elettaria)
11:34am 10/02/2011
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
A friend of mine has been raving on to me about the Amazon Kindle, and I confess to being intrigued. I have visual problems due to ME/CFIDS as well as Meares-Irlen Syndrome. Here is how they work with regard to reading:

1. Glare is bad, and anything fluorescent is a nightmare. My ability to read laptop screens varies.

2. When reading a laptop screen, I always increase the text size until it looks like it's in bold, plus I have a slightly higher DPI on my laptop. So I'm probably reading websites at around 150% of normal size, at least with LJ I am; I think it's less with others.

3. I haven't tried large print books, I've mostly switched to audiobooks. I do sometimes read ordinary books when my eyes are having a good patch, though fonts are very important, some are more readable than others. Verdana and Trebuchet seem to be my favourites.

4. I like green backgrounds, though sometimes orange will work as well. My reading glasses are tinted yellowy green, and I have a pair of orange glasses I wear in the evening to help me sleep (look up darkness therapy). I've got some of those coloured filters for dyslexia and such, and used to attempt to put them over laptop screens, although with larger laptops I have given up. Has anyone tried cutting them to size and taping them over a Kindle screen?

5. I sometimes can cope with standard paperback books, especially as the paper is yellowish, but I can't manage reading A4 paper, both because the lines end up too long for me to focus on, with too much text on the page, and because the white paper causes glare.

6. Audiobooks: can it play your average MP3 file, will it save your place, is the sound decent from a distance of, say, two feet? What sort of headphones will it take? Right now I have the computer type, and I like the ones with a big padded thing over the ear.

7. I'm a fast reader, and I'm not sure how much wil get onto the page of a Kindle when it's at a font and size I can read. Is this annoying? How quickly do pages turn?
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Trouble with reading websites?
 visual_stress - (elettaria)
11:42am 16/11/2010
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
The BBC just alerted me to Fix the Web, where you can report any websites you are having trouble accessing. This is rather ironic, since the BBC isn't perfect itself: it has a grand accessibility site where you are offered four different colour schemes, but as they never actually get applied to the BBC's main site, I have no idea why they're there in the first place. So let's start by requesting that the BBC fix this, especially since No Squint (the add-on for Firefox which allows you to change colour schemes and text/image sizing for individual web sites) doesn't work well on the BBC ever since its redesign.
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driving and visual stress
 visual_stress - (mr_bim)
01:37pm 10/10/2010
any one know the best way to approach driving with visual stress?
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Brighter news on the bulb front
 visual_stress - (elettaria)
11:01pm 17/09/2009
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
While I'm still moping about the way fluorescent lights are practically being forced on us these days, I've just discovered dimmable halogen low-energy bulbs on eBay, which are meant to replace standard incandescents and save about 30% in energy. Has anyone tried them? What's the light like on the eyes? What's the colour like? Do you reckon it's really worthwhile swapping to them, will they actually save money? (I have no idea how much of my electricity bill goes on lighting.) Are they as safe as incandescents? The colour is the main thing, of course. I've stocked up on 100W bulbs just before they vanished, but hey, if I can be greener and save money, that would be great too. I know that LED lighting is still problematic (can't really get much more than mood lighting, plus the white is very cold), but I've a feeling that halogen is fairly comfortable on the eyes. Here is the Philips version.
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100w bulbs in the UK
 visual_stress - (elettaria)
04:35pm 01/09/2009
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
If you live in the UK and can't tolerate fluorescent lighting, and many of us can't, you may want to go and stockpile 100W incandescent bulbs, which have been banned starting from today. I managed to get a good stock of them in a shop yesterday, so I imagine they'll be in the shops for a bit more time, until the current stock runs out. I wish there was a way we could convince the government that bad reactions to fluorescent lighting are not a myth.
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Meares-Irlen Syndrome and testing
 visual_stress - (apostlealex)
06:00pm 23/05/2009
Alexandria posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
 Hi, I'm Alex, and I'm new :) 
Last week I decided to take advantage of my college's free dyslexia testing and booked myself in. 
I'd had these sorts of symptoms:
Dizzines/ Nausia when reading and using my laptop
Dizziness/Nausia/Pain when under flourescent lighting (eg; in the supermarket or in class)
Strain in all lighting, and difficulty finding a comfortable lighting (even when just walking around in the daylight I am strained and dizzy)
Migranes/Eye based headaches
Difficulty concentrating
Everything seeming too bright
Difficulty looking at or focusing on anything white, or anything patterned

After talking to the person screening me for a while, he said it sounded as though I had severed Meares-Irlen Syndrome, and that sadly the college couldn't help, but I could get help outside of college. He also gave me a pink filter for my book, which is handy when reading, but obviously doesn't help with the pain the rest of the time!
Well, I've been looking into it, and I've found a couple of ways of doing it. 
I could go for Irlen testing (http://www.irleneast.com), which is going to end up costing me about £300 just for diagnosis, then a further £90 to get any lenses I have tinted, I'd have to also find the money for frames seperatly. 
Or I could have tinted lenses fitted at an optitians using this method - 
http://www.ceriumoptical.com/index.aspx . 
The second option will work out cheaper by at least a couple of hundred pounds, so obviously I'd prefer to go down that route, but I am really worried they'll only be able to help me with glasses for reading....
Is the Irlen testing worth the extra money? Has anyone gone the optitians route with bad Meares-Irlen and found their glasses are fine for wearing all the time and help with everything else (normal day to day walking around, shopping, bright lights etc)?
I've been googling my heart out but just can't seem to find any reviews of either method :(

Any help really is very much so appreciated - I've been suffering with this a long time, it's been really debilitating to the point where I can't even really go out because of the dizziness and nausia spells. 
I've cross-posted a little, I hope someone can help me! 
Alex x
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Virtual Irlen filter for one's computer screen
 visual_stress - (illuviel)
10:33pm 30/04/2009
illuviel posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
I've recently found


and have been playing with it this evening. It *does* work, though getting it properly configured with the opacity and color that is best for your individual needs may be fiddly (as as far as I can tell, one must uninstall, then re-install it, to change those settings :P ) Others with visual sensitivities may find benefit in it, as well.

x-posted to my journal</a>
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Getting people to use coloured paper
 visual_stress - (elettaria)
10:22am 03/04/2009
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
Hi, I've got Meares-Irlen and visual problems (probably mostly from muscular fatigue) due to having ME/CFIDS. I have enormous difficulty reading anything on paper, and find that coloured overlays are too awkward to use for more than the occasional sheet, while my coloured specs don't seem to be doing the job any more (though it always seemed that if they got enough colour in to make a difference to the page, it was too dark to really see anything). I do have some coloured paper which I print things out onto occasionally, and matters seem to improve if I go for a slightly larger font that's a bit bolder on the page such as Verdana. The glare and visual problems with white paper are too strong, but the contrast with normal font on coloured paper seems to be a bit too weak.

My main problem at the moment is reading correspondence. How far do other people get with asking other folks to print materials out on coloured paper? I have stacks around in pale blue, green, lavender or beigey-yellow, and remember giving some to one of my tutors at uni, asking him to print all the hand-outs on it. He was a lovely man, we got on very well, and he nodded and smiled and then never did it once. I've found that some disability organisations will be OK about the coloured paper, but it does seem like an awful lot to ask for. What have other people found?
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 visual_stress - (_stay_beautiful)
12:33pm 21/03/2009
♥ posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
hello, great idea for a community!

I have had the proper testing and I use dark blue tinted glasses to read text. It works! I get some funny looks at work when I wear them...
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 visual_stress - (elettaria)
07:23pm 19/03/2009
Gluppit the prawling strangles, there posting in Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
This community is for anyone suffering symptoms of visual stress. There is a recognised visual processing disorder, known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Irlen Syndrome, Visual Stress, or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, but the symptoms of visual stress can also occur with a number of conditions, from CFIDS/ME to autism spectrum disorders, migraine to epilepsy. There's a strong correlation between visual processing disorder and dyslexia, and some people with visual processing problems have co-existing auditory processing disorder or other neurological issues.

Visual stress takes the form of unpleasant visual distortions when reading, and eyestrain or headaches may also be noticed. It is commonly treated with the use of colour, either in the form of tinted overlays or tinted spectacles. You can read more about it here.

Please read the user info to learn more about the community guidelines and find links to other LJ communities that may be of interest.

We've designed the community layout in the hope that it will be as visually inoffensive as possible to the greatest number of people. If it's causing you problems, do let us know. You can view other journals or communities in the style of your own journal by following these instructions.
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