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Coloured Spectacles & The Benefits…

Reading Through Coloured Lenses Helps Kiwis & Others

My daughter for one… We were going to her school and she was reading my notes through a yellow plastic folder and she exclaimed that it was easier to read than normal. One of the teachers at her school confirmed that this happens – particularly with those who have reading (and dislexia issues) troubles.

So I looked on the big wide world interweb and saw the following artcile which makes sense… thanks to Dana Kinita of the Rotorua Daily Post (and thanks for the photo Stephen Parker). I quote from the article…

Easier Read Coloured Spectacles

Easier Read Coloured Spectacles

“Mamaku School students (from L) Ethan Watchorn 9, with reading recovery teacher Adele Lyons & Jamie Farrell, 9, are finding reading easier since they’ve received help for Irlen Syndrome.

Mamaku School students aren’t making a fashion statement when they wear their coloured glasses. For 9-year-olds Jamie Farrell and Ethan Watchorn their eyewear has helped them to read comfortably after being diagnosed, along with 15 of their classmates, with Irlen Syndrome.”

Apparently when reading, words were jumping around but with the coloured glasses lenses it’s a lot better, calmer and the words don’t “move”.

“Also known as Mears-Irlen syndrome, to recognise the New Zealand teacher who first noticed the phenomenon, the condition is caused by visual stress which occurs when a page of black and white text is viewed. The words may appear to blur or move on the page.

Symptoms are wide-ranging but include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), eye strain, headaches while reading, poor motivation and sensitivity to light.

Mamaku School principal Lorraine Taylor said the students were tested and provided with the coloured-lens glasses as part of a project funded by Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

“It’s been incredible what we found and it is genetic so we tested their students’ siblings and we offered to test the parents as well,” Mrs Taylor said.

“The first thing we’ve noticed since they’ve had their glasses is their confidence has gone up now they know there is reason why they were uncomfortable reading. We have also seen a difference in their academic performance.”

Rotorua Irlen diagnostician Mary Cubie said the syndrome could affect people of all ages and was genetic.

Apparently Irlen Syndrome is a specific type of perceptual problem that affects the way the brain processes visual information. It is not an optical problem.

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