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Visual Discomfort

Visual discomfort relates to visual discomfort when reading. Symptoms include illusions of shape, movement and colour in the text, distortions of the print, loss of print clarity, and general visual irritation. The following guidelines may support students to access and achieve positive results whilst at university.


Two students reading a book

Examples of student attributes



Student in a lecture

Examples of student challenges


Student and tutor walking and talking

Recommended reasonable adjustments

Please see the guidance documents in the 'Useful Downloads' section below, which outline the reasonable adjustments process and the recommended adaptations you can make to support students with Visual Discomfort.

Useful Downloads

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