Some people with autism appear to have problems seeing things clearly.
To them the world seems disjointed, confused and scary.
For example, other people and things may seem blurry, move around or even disappear.
When they are reading, text may flicker, words double or shadowy lines appear on the page.
Some people claim these problems are caused by a condition called visual stress.
The people who believe in visual stress claim it can cause behavioural problems.
After all, if you can’t see properly you may find it hard to make eye contact or read facial expressions.
You may also find it difficult to pay attention or even coordinate your movements.
And you may also struggle to read and learn, even if you have good or even advanced reading skills.
You may just find the whole experience too tiring and stressful.
Please see the Advanced version of this page for more information about this issue, including relevant research studies and interventions which may help.
Last Updated : 13/07/2011 Back to Top