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Visual Stress and Reading

May 26, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Free – $50

Karen Monet -Opticalm
May 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm ET -Zoom Event


Visual Stress and Reading: How (Mis)Perception Can Affect Visual Clarity and the Readability of Text

This one-hour course presentation will outline Visual Stress, it’s neurological origins and clinical indicators, and will describe the methodical approach to patient identification, diagnosis and treatment.

Visual Stress is neurological, it is a perceptual processing problem where the visual cortex becomes hyperactivated in the presence of light, contrast, patterns, flicker, and movement, all elements associated with reading. This hyperactivation has been shown to be alleviated with the use of custom, precision filter lenses.

The course will present information on the co-morbid neurological, neurodevelopmental and visual diagnoses and the sensitivities (triggers) and difficulties associated with the condition as identified in the Diagnostic Criteria for Visual Stress, published in the UK Journal of Optometry in 2018.

The course will review international research into the relationship between reading difficulties and Visual Stress.  Research results and case examples from the Opticalm Clinic will be shared – highlighting clients who presented with reading difficulties associated with neurodevelopmental disorders (learning difficulties and autism) and neurotrauma (concussion and long Covid). Information on the VSCAT software and the assistive tools and technologies used to help manage Visual Stress will be included.

** The course will be recorded and shared with those who register. **


Karen Monet is the founder and CEO of Opticalm Inc., Visual Stress Clinic owner and Intuitive Colorimetry specialist in Ottawa Canada. For the past 10 years, she has worked with Professor Arnold Wilkins, a key Visual Stress researcher at the University of Essex UK, to write up studies of her clinical work with over 800 clients. She presented her work with Concussion patients this past November at the international conference on Visual Discomfort. Her papers and research work can be found in ResearchGate.

Karen has applied her 25 years of new business development experience to bring Intuitive Colorimetry to Canada, opening the Opticalm Clinic in Kanata in 2015. For the past two years she has been focusing on ways to increase accessibility to assessments and the assistive tools that help reduce visual stress.

Opticalm obtained Health Canada approval for the Intuitive Colorimeter Curve as a class 1 medical device in 2021. This, and the growing support from government employers and motor vehicle and disability insurers make the products and services more accessible. The Visual Stress and Colorimetry Assessment tool (VSCAT) is an online software application designed to provide Canada-wide access to pre-screening and direct them to Colorimetry providers. The VSCAT manages the patient journey from referral, through assessments, data collection, reporting, ordering and fulfillment.

While she loves spending time with her family, to make that possible with all the demands of her advocacy and business vision, her husband and adult son and daughter have joined her at Opticalm. After all, it was her son’s learning difficulties and migraines that led to their introduction to Colorimetry almost 15 years ago.


May 26, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Free – $50


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