Colored Overlays and Colored Lenses to Treat Dyslexia

by Pat Wyman on November 11, 2013

The use of colored overlays and colored lenses to treat dyslexia is gaining favor among Optometrists.

 

And, as might be expected, colored overlays have long been used by reading specialists to help alleviate visual stress and clear up the print on pages.

Reading Specialists and Learning Experts Tout the Benefits of Colored Overlays Helping Struggling Readers

“In the 1970’s, when I was a reading specialist in Los Angeles Unified School District, many of us used colored overlays or colored tinted sheets to help struggling readers and students with dyslexia see the printed page clearer,” says Pat Wyman, best-selling author of Spelling Made Easy, college professor and founder of HowToLearn.com. “Of course, they did not work for every student, but the majority of students responded very well, and suddenly could see the page for the first time clearly, she continued.

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“It’s unfortunate, but dyslexia may go undiagnosed for years, unless some very specific types of tests are given, and not all school districts give those particular types of tests,” said Bonnie Terry, Learning Specialist and owner of BonnieTerryLearning.com. “So knowing that colored overlays and colored lenses to treat dyslexia are available can help many students who have struggled to read for years,” she notes.

Many Optometrists experience the use of colored overlays and colored lenses to treat dyslexia as a newer procedure for them, although developmental optometrists who are certified in regular eye exams as well as vision-related eye exams which affect things such as learning and sports, and who do vision therapy, have used colored overlays for years, as a temporary solution to help kids get their self-esteem up faster at home and in school, while they use vision therapy exercises in their office to truly resolve the underlying reading problems.

How to Find A Doctor Using Colored Overlays or Colored Lenses

You can find a developmental optometrist to examine your child’s eyes and do a learning related vision screening for your child at either of the two primary organizations who train and certify these optometrists, OEPF.org and COVD.org. Many of these eye doctors use colored overlays both in their practice and send them home with their patients.

As mentioned earlier, one eye doctor in Bakersfield, CA, Dr. Joseph Figazo, is prescribing ChromaGen lenses to help his patients with dyslexia find relief when they read.

Newswriter Margot Kim, in her article for KSFN, wrote about the use of ChromaGen colored lenses to treat dyslexia. And, according to the ChromaGen website, they are a worldwide supplier of lenses for color blindness and dyslexia as well as other conditions.

” ChromaGen™ is patented, trademarked and FDA Cleared. The patented diagnostic system is used by trained professionals for the management of Academic Skills Disorder (ASD™). ASD™ is an umbrella term that includes dyslexia, color deficiency, dyspraxia (lack of coordination; clumsiness), and other learning related difficulties. In some cases, ChromaGen has also been known to help migraine sufferers,” is the quote from their site.

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These colored lenses to treat dyslexia have been used for over 20 years in Europe and England, and once  the FDA cleared the technology, it allowed doctors in the U.S. to prescribe ChromaGen lenses (colored lenses to treat dyslexia).

” Some people with dyslexia say words seem to float off the page or go out of focus ChromaGen glasses or contact lenses are custom made with a system of 16 tinted filters,” writes Ms. Kim in her article for KSFN. ” “The colored lenses adjust the wavelength of light entering the eye.

The company says when the wavelengths are adjusted for dyslexic readers, text becomes clear and the words stop moving. Dr. Figazolo changes the colored filters in the test glasses, to find the pair that makes the most difference for the patient. Often the colors are different for each eye,” she continues.

Eye doctors speak about results of using colored overlays and colored lenses to treat dyslexia and other conditions.

“The results speak for themselves. When the kid starts doing better on their tests, bringing home good grades feeling better about themselves, it works,” Dr. Figazolo said.

“In my practice, I used colored overlays for some of my patients and they truly worked well, hand-in-hand with vision therapy,” said Dr. Beth Gilman, who recently retired.

In Dr. Figazolo’s practice, ChromaGen lenses are $900 plus the cost of the frames. Colored overlays are $29.97 for a package of 5.

“As a reading specialist, I find that many parents find lenses to be too expensive and that is why I recommend both the lenses and colored overlays,” notes Wyman. “When you see suddenly be able to read, their relief and enormous smile after using colored overlays that work for them, it seems almost like a miracle to the child, their parents and their teachers,” she continued.

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Article by Pat Wyman, college professor, author of the best-sellers, Spelling Made Easy, Math Facts Made Easy and the 14 days to better grades study skills system, Instant Learning for Amazing Grades.

Wyman is reading and learning specialist who is an expert in dyslexia with a college course on this subject as well as an expert on colored overlays.

 

 

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