Hidden Vision Issues in Children

Dyslexia is a neurodevelopmental reading disability that affects the speed and accuracy of understanding and reading a word, consequently, this also affects someones reading fluency and text comprehension.

Dyslexia is estimated to affect between 5 to 10% of the world’s population.

For children who struggle with reading and are suspected to have dyslexia, early identification and professional support are the most effective interventions. It is hazardous to wait for the child to be formally diagnosed with dyslexia before assisting with their needs.

The longer it takes for a child to be diagnosed, the harder it is for them to catch up with their reading. This normally interferes with other areas of their learning and affects the child’s overall academic performance. This can cause psychological and emotional stress to the child due to not understanding why they are struggling more than their peers.

child reading before using RightEye

In Sweden, eye-tracking technology was tested to see if it could be used as a method to identify if someone did have a reading difficulty or not, earlier than previous methods of testing. They found that through tracking someone’s eye movements during reading the technology was able to follow their reading process. The technology was also able to obtain objective measurements of the process as a whole.

Efficient screening methods such as eye-tracking, that can easily be deployed in school settings, are important in providing earlier support to those who are at risk of long-term reading difficulties. Eye-tracking can also produce individual-level predictions of reading difficulties with high sensitivity and specificity in less than one minute of tracking. Other methods of screening have shown to have low sensitivity and specificity in comparison.

Screening tests using eye-tracking are also likely to reduce the amount of stress that a traditional test method would generate because the participant is only required to use their eyes, they are not required to read out loud or spell words, situations that someone who has a reading difficulty would find very stressful.

RightEye tracking technology is able to test reading ability and identify if someone is struggling with certain aspects of reading through following their eye movements. If a vision impairment is identified, specific exercises tailored to the individual’s difficulties are developed. The test is simple and only requires the participant to read for up to one minute.

child happily reading after using RightEye

If you wish to use RightEye to test you or your child’s reading ability then contact us on 01483 616 390 or visit our centre at Allen House, Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HL.