Coloured Overlays

At Eglinton Eyecare we carry out assessments for coloured overlays.

These are sheets of transparent coloured plastic which can be placed over a page of a book so as to colour the page beneath without interfering with the clarity of the text. They can be cut to fit the book/page.

Colour has been used for many years to help people with visual discomfort when they are reading black print on white paper. Coloured overlays can help to relieve the symptoms of reading difficulties. The colour is unique to each person.

Is a coloured overlay assessment the same thing as Schoolvision assessment?

A coloured overlay assessment only considers the benefit of colour to reduce reading discomfort. In addition, a schoolvision assessment will focus on testing:

  • Eye dominance stability and dominance type
  • If there is any muscle imbalance between the eyes
  • If there is an increased difficulty focusing at reading distance
  • Light sensitivity or pattern glare from text – establishing if a tint improves reading ability
  • Eye tracking ability
  • Eye speed
  • Vision at low contrast
  • Hand-eye co-ordination

So although a coloured overlay can provide some relief for reading discomfort, schoolvision glasses provide therapy for all areas of a child’s binocular vision system which are contributing to the symptoms they experience.

To book an appointment for a coloured overlay assessment or a Schoolvision Assessment leave your details here and we’ll be in touch.