Despite the many gifts that come along with dyslexia, so do many challenges. As a parent of a dyslexic child you are always looking for ways to better assist your child and minimize the challenges that are associated with dyslexia. One solution that has helped many dyslexics is color-filtering lenses. Here is some commentary from Dr. Michael R. Politzer about his experience with color-filtering lenses:
Misconceptions About Vision vs. Sight
I often hear about parents who struggle with children who have dyslexia that are told after an eye exam that their child’s vision is 20/20. They are told, “Dyslexia is not a vision problem” so they need to look elsewhere for help as their issues will not be solved with an eyeglass or contact modality.
The problem stems from the term 20/20 being commonly mistaken for vision when it truly refers to an individual’s sight. 20/20 refers to sight and not vision. 20/20, 20/30, etc., are actually measurements of a person’s ability to see a certain size object at a certain distance. Vision is the ability to understand and use the information that we see for purposeful activity. In short, visual acuity or sight measures only the smallest detail we can see; it does not represent the quality of vision to understand what we see. Your child could have perfect sight (20/20) and still have a variety of vision issues.
Dyslexia – A Vision Issue
Dyslexia is a vision issue because the child has difficulty correctly processing and understanding what they see. The process of vision is quite complex. Each eye has two parallel processing systems that must be balanced and additionally, both eyes must work together for efficient reading. If these two systems are not balanced, the child will experience the common dyslexic symptoms of words blurring or doubling, moving on the page, headaches, eyestrain and reduced reading speed and comprehension.
Color-Filtering Lenses and Dyslexia
For parents looking for answers, there are a variety of therapies available; however color-filtering lenses can offer a life-changing aid in the form of glasses or contact lenses that work instantaneously. This means that when a child is wearing color-filtering glasses or contacts, words that once wiggled, blurred or moved now remain still, and the headaches, nausea, and fatigue the child may experience goes away. As the results are instantaneous, your child will know immediately if color-filtering lenses work for them.
Research has shown that over half of people with visual reading difficulties like those commonly associated with dyslexia can benefit from color-filtering technology. If you think your child may be experiencing some of the vision issues that color-filtering lenses can resolve, have them take this 7-Question Survey to see if this type of lenses can help them.
Dr. Michael Politzer
Dr. Michael R. Politzer is currently the Chief Optometric Advisor for ChromaGen Vision. Dr. Politzer is a board certified Neuro-Optometric Physician with over 35 years of experience and is an authority in low vision, vision enhancement and rehabilitative optometry. Dr. Politzer is an adjunct professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry. Check out ChromaGen Vision’s website, join the We Read Better Blog community, tweet @ChromaGenVision, and “like” ChromaGen Vision on Facebook.
ChromaGen lenses incorporate specially designed colored filters that balance the visual processing system. The benefit of this technology is that it has a direct effect on a person’s ability to read more effectively. Many users of ChromaGen now enjoy reading where before they avoided reading at all costs because their condition caused headaches, nausea and fatigue. With ChromaGen, all those symptoms stop. The ability to read and comprehend is the foundation to a quality education. If your child attains a higher level of education they are more likely to achieve a better quality of life. We enjoy being a positive impact in that process, providing a renewed hope for a bright future.
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