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Visual stress, Meares-Irlen Syndrome and dyslexia
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Welcome! 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.

Community Guidelines

Please remember that the people reading this community will have a variety of visual needs which may be very different from your own. Therefore we ask that you follow these guidelines when posting:

  • No animated icons. Rapidly flashing icons can be troublesome for many of us here, and any animation at all can trigger an episode of epilepsy or migraine for those who are prone to it.

  • No walls of text. Many of us have trouble reading huge paragraphs; paragraph breaks are a Good Thing. Otherwise, you may end up with many members simply skipping your post, no matter how useful it is. In addition, if your post is particularly long, we encourage you to use an LJ-cut.

  • Use standard fonts and colors. Using formatting on the occasional word is fine, but don't set your entire post in something like blue italic Comic Sans. The same goes for EXCESSIVE CAPS LOCK; using all caps on the occasional word is OK, but sentences and paragraphs in all caps are not.

  • Use spell check, if possible. It's built into most browsers and is offered by LiveJournal's server as well. Many of us have trouble deciphering misspelled words, so this also eases readability.

  • Play nice. Polite disagreement is OK; fights are not.

  • If you need to edit your post, the instructions are here.

Other communities of interest

blindpeople - Community for the blind
eyedisorders - Eye disorders
low_vision - Low vision
deafblind - Deaf/blind
capd - (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder
cfids_me - CFIDS, ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
_dyslexia_ - Dyslexia
dyscalculia - Learning difficulty related to mathematics
dyspraxia - Learning difficulty related to motor skills
asperger - Asperger's Syndrome
autism - Autism
ld_adults - Adults with learning disabilities
adults_add - Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD)
migraines - Migraine
neuroscience - Neuroscience
brain_injury - Brain injury
epileptics - Epilepsy
ms_support - Multiple Sclerosis
disabledstudent - Disabled students

elettaria has written some posts on how to adjust your computer for visual comfort here.

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.