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Reading Difficulties

Some students experience difficulties when reading, such as:

  • headaches / glare from the page
  • text seeming to move, shake or blur
  • shimmering / white patterns between words
  • sensitivity to light

This may be due to colour sensitivity: the contrast between black text and white paper is too great. This type of sensitivity is more common in people who also have dyslexia.

We recommend that you have an eye test with an optician if appropriate, but you may also benefit from an assessment for colour sensitivity. This may be carried out by a Educational Psychologist if you are assessed for dyslexia through Liverpool Hope as part of the process for obtaining Disabled Students Allowances. Our Learning Support Advisers are also able to check for colour sensitivity.

If you do experience colour sensitivity (sometimes known as scotopic sensitivity or irlen syndrome), then we can issue you with a coloured overlay for use when reading, or advise you about obtaining funding for tinted glasses.