In Optometry we try to ensure students can see well not only for the blackboard but also at nearpoint reading distances. As doctors, we test for eye muscle movement and control as well as focusing skills. Why is it then when we have done our best to achieve good clarity and visual skills for our patients they still have difficulties reading?
The best answer to these questions lie not in the sensory organ we call the eye but more likely in the processing center for sight, the visual cortex located in the back of our brains. Somehow the information it receives is corrupted or misinterpreted or too much information is arriving too quickly to be properly processed. The net result is what had been commonly labeled as a Learning Disability or as Dyslexia
Although its definition can encompass an entire text by itself, Dyslexia can be distilled to the following components:
Visual and/or Auditory processing problems which leads to
- difficulty learning, retaining, and/or communicating information
- causing a limited facility in using language to code certain types of information.
The emotional response to reading difficulties can run the gamut from anxiety, confusion, fear, and frustration to loss of self esteem and anger. A pattern of failure can set up a dwindling spiral so that failure is seen as the only option available to these patients. This can lead to behavioral problems in and out of the classroom and later in life on the job.
Reading difficulties do not disappear on their own; they are not outgrown. Over time patients may develop methods to compensate for their problems or just rely on “faking it”; all the while hoping no one catches on.
It’s hard for someone not suffering from reading difficulties to imagine what is actually happening to these students when they attempt to read. Letters vibrate, shift, collapse, fade, run together, overlap, tilt, stretch, pulsate, or move in combinations of these effects. It can be difficult to read across a line without losing one’s place and the problem can even degenerate to letter by letter reading.
The ChromaGen Reading Program
It is believed that in reading disorders there is a problem with the “wiring circuits” to the brain. The large nerve cells which form the magnocellular pathway differ in people with reading difficulties than in those without. Problems processing full spectrum light can lead to the perceptual distortions that reduce reading efficiency.
By testing reading skills with special colored filters to change the spectrum of light entering the eyes we can selectively change the speed of the information traveling these pathways. ChromaGen
filters re-synchronize the visual signals to enable patients to improve their reading ability, handwriting, and spelling. Even where existing instructive programs are in place, ChromaGen filters can accelerate results and help students realize their full potential.
What the program includes:
- A Comprehensive eye exam including evaluation of distance and near vision, color vision, focusing ability, eye muscle movements, and eye health.
- An Optomap retinal exam to rule out organic components to the problem.
- A Topographic study of the corneal shape to rule out front surface image distortions and to aid in ChromaGen lens fitting.
- ChromaGen colored filter testing of reading skills to determine the best combination of hue and density to achieve the desired results.
- The evaluation, fitting, and dispensing of either ChromaGen spherical soft lenses (made from the patented Benz hyper-wettable material) or single vision ChromaGen eyeglasses (from our exclusive package program).
- A three month re-evaluation of reading skills to follow up on treatment.
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