05 Jun Corrective lenses for dyslexia offer hope
As a former teacher and even now with my productivity consulting business, I run into a number of people who are living with dyslexia or have a family member who is. For many years, the typical advice given to them was to slow down when reading, use a sheet of paper and move it under each line of text while reading, or use a tinted overhead projector sheet as an overlay on the page. None of those worked wonders, but they did help.
Fast forward to 2012. I met an optometrist named Dr. Dawn Rakich, and she’s one of only a few medical professionals in San Antonio who are authorized to test patients for their viability for dyslexia lenses. They do not work for everyone (your test will let you know this before making any kind of purchase), but how wonderful to even have this option!
The product is called ChromaGen. It’s marketed as a “non-invasive treatment for visual reading disorders associated with dyslexia.” Its combination of colored filtering lenses with the correct prescription allow the wearer’s brain to transmit the formerly visually muddled text into a readable language.
Can you imagine going through life seeing blurry words or having words move around the page and appear in other places than they actually do? That’s a simplified way of describing what it’s like to have dyslexia. It slows down life and can lead to irreversible mistakes being made by the reader because they completely misinterpreted the text because of the dyslexia.
I own no stock in this company and make no money by plugging them. I just think everyone should know about a possible tool to aid those with dyslexia. This could be a huge boost in productivity – not to mention self-esteem – for those with reading disorders.