Symptoms of Meares-Irlen/visual stress syndrome in subjects diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome

Loew, Stephen J., Marsh, Nigel V., and Watson, Kenneth (2014) Symptoms of Meares-Irlen/visual stress syndrome in subjects diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 14 (2). pp. 87-92.

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Abstract

Several diagnostic symptoms of the visual-processing deficit Meares-Irlen/Visual Stress Syndrome are remarkably similar to symptom manifestations reported by individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). We surveyed the specific incidences of nine widely-recognised symptoms of visual stress (VS) in a group of subjects (n = 20) previously diagnosed with CFS. The presence of each symptom of VS in the CFS group was compared to its respective presence in both an age and sex matched healthy comparison group (n = 46), and an age and sex matched group comprised of individuals (n = 14) diagnosed with VS. Results showed the frequencies of all nine VS symptoms in the CFS-diagnosed group to be significantly higher (p = .032 – p < .0005) than in the comparison group, with only two symptoms being statistically less frequent in the CFS group than in the VS-diagnosed group. The average number of VS symptoms reported by the CFS group was also significantly higher than the comparison group, yet not significantly different from the VS group. Thus, the occurrence of VS symptoms in subjects diagnosed with CFS appears to be far greater than previously reported, which in turn may indicate the interplay of some yet to be identified underlying factor(s) common to both conditions.

Item ID: 58816
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2174-0852
Keywords: Chronic fatigue syndrome; Visual stress; Meares-Irlen Syndrome; Sensory fusion; Descriptive survey study
Copyright Information: © 2013 Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual. Published by Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 21:40
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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