In November 2009 our son Ben was assessed and diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome. We were very suprised that Ben had been through five years of school having to deal with these problems and had made progress, all be it slowly. It was decided that Ben needed glasses with lenses that had a colour tint in them.
Since Ben's diagonsis we and his teachers have noticed a remarkable difference in his attitude towards school and school work. He is a lot happier and confident in general. Ben would often find excuses to not doing any reading homework (e.g. leaving his book at school) but this term I went to pick him up from school at the end of the day and I found him sitting under a shady tree reading!!!!!
Since Ben has been diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome we have become aware of what Ben sees and how he processes information, it has opended up a whole new world for him. We are all very excited to see what Ben will learn next.
Two weeks later I had new glasses and I haven't looked back since! I do still get the odd headache and migraine, but that would also relate to Vertigo which I have. It's so wonderful to go shopping for more than one hour and read 1/2 dozen pages. I'm even looking at a laptop which I would never have considered. I haven't been able to do any of these activities for 30 years.
It has been three months since Mitchell has been wearing his Irlen glasses and it has improved his reading a great deal. Many thanks to Mark and his team at Visqiue in Hastings and Waipukurau who have given us such a great service.
My Irlen glasses have helped me a great deal. They have made concentrating on schoolwork a lot easier and I am able to do longer school days (I am home schooled). The computer screen, which used to hurt my eyes, is now a breeze to look at! I can also read for pleasure again which I am very thankful for! I would recommend that children who are having difficulty with reading or with their vision are checked to see whether they could benefit, the way I and so many others have, from Irlen lenses.
I am really stoked with my new glasses, thank you so much. The service was awesome, I enjoyed picking out my frames and getting my coloured lenses. Attached to this are some photos I said I'd send you of me with my Irlen lenses. Thank you to everyone at Shattky Optometrists for the help with picking and fitting my new frames. Thank you so much.
Rebekah Brown, 15 yrs, Palmerston North February 2009
An adult commentary on the benefits of Irlen spectacles.
When I didn't have them it was slow now I am much better. They help change the colours and letters like what other people see and my world does not move anymore. Without my glasses red was pink, blue green and orange was yellow. I like being retested because the colours of my glasses change and I never know what colour I'll get next. They help change the colours and letters like what other people see and my world does not move anymore. Without my glasses red was pink, blue green and orange was yellow.
Throughout my schooling life I was constantly told by teachers I was slow! I was always the last child to complete written tasks and found that I could only read for short amounts of time which made reading tedious. Despite this I would hand in work of a high standard and had been put in and out of accelerate classes as I could understand the work but not complete the tasks given by teachers on time. I was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome at the age of 22. I made enquiries after seeing an advert for Irlen while picking up glasses for a friend and I have never looked back. I wear my Irlen glasses all the time and have found that my reading speed is 5 fold what it used to be. I now know that I was never slow I simply needed 'to view the world through rose tinted glasses'
When wearing the Irlens glasses while reading, I no longer get headaches, my eyes don't water or tire after a few sentences, the words don't jump off the page at me and the white on the page is no longer distracting or glary.
It is now a pleasure to read! Thank you very much Mark!
I would recommend anyone with similar symptoms as those above to have an Assessment and try these lenses out and hopefully they will be very successful and amazing for you too!
Kiwi's know that good things take time, so come to us, have the tests done without feeling that you have been "rushed thru", and you'll know what we mean when we say "we take the time!"