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RosieLig Tue 27-Aug-13 22:35:09

My son has this and has been recommended coloured overlays. He's not really getting on with them, finding them a faff. Other option is coloured lenses in glasses for school work.

Has anyone any experience of these? Did they help with reading? Interestingly, the grey background Kindle has really helped his reading.


mamaduckbone Tue 27-Aug-13 22:42:28

I taught a girl with this last year and coloured lenses really worked for her...they stopped letters jumping about on the page. I think it's just a case of trying different options out, but the specialist should be able to advise you if he's not getting on well with the overlays.

Periwinkle007 Wed 04-Sep-13 21:13:03

My daughter has coloured glasses.

We didn't bother with overlays because our reason for getting the glasses was due to serious distress when using the white board. We had no idea there was any effect on her reading until we went to see about the coloured glasses. they have made an ENORMOUS difference to her. She got them at the start of the Easter holidays, by the end of the Easter holidays she had read 7 early reader chapter books, she was in reception at the time. I knew she could read harder stuff but she was exhausted after a page of a book but with the glasses she took off and stamina really increased. I don't think they are perfect, she still has problems but she rarely rubs her eyes now (she had been doing this all the time since starting school and had constant styes) and can read more comfortably, she doesn't mix the words up much now, if you ask her to spell out a word she is reading she can get all the letters in the right order which she can't without the glasses, she can see fullstops and she doesn't skip lines.

It is worth shopping around for them though, we went to a local vision therapy place and hers were a total cost for frames and lenses of about £150 I think, can't quite remember. there is no NHS prescription for them and although she is slightly longsighted it isn't enough for the optician to sign the NHS form so we had to pay the full amount.

alimac87 Sun 08-Sep-13 12:06:10

What periwinkle said. But be careful - there's the Irlen system which I hear is a bit expensive/smoke and mirrors; what you need is colorimetry which is done by specialised opticians/optometrists. There is a good index on the British Dyslexia Assoc page.

Periwinkle007 Mon 09-Sep-13 10:50:43

yes the Irlen ones seem to be £300+ I think, ours were the colorimetry machine, think the lenses came from somewhere in Kent but I could have remembered that wrong. only took a few days.

Cheryzan Sun 15-Sep-13 18:28:20

Alternatively you could try playing Engaging Eyes which might improve his vision so that he doesn't need coloured overlays.

tresise56 Thu 10-Oct-13 14:34:38

Who says he has visual stress ? are they expects in this area?

Frazzledmum999 Mon 12-May-14 11:48:44

I was told my son did not have Visual stress/Irlen syndrome using the colourimeter. It turned out down the line I did so I got the USA Irlen lenses. What a difference it made. Then I realised my daughter had it and she too got USA Irlen lenses. He never really read at 13 until getting them. The whole thing is beyond scary.
I was so shocked that I have been to all the coloured lenses suppliers and have comparative USA/ Colourimeter/Orthoptics lenses in the same frames etc.
WHY DOES EVERY ONE ASSUME THAT THEY ARE ALL THE SAME?- maybe you get what you pay for?

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