Dyslexia is a common type of learning difficulty affecting reading and spelling skills.
How common is dyslexia?
Statistics show that about 10% of the population have dyslexia – 6 million people in the UK. It is estimated that 80% of children with learning difficulty have dyslexia.
Many famous people have been affected by dyslexia including Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Richard Branson.
Kara Tointon’s story 1. In this video, “Don’t Call Me Stupid”, the talented English actress Kara Tointon describes:
- Some common facts about dyslexia.
- how the effects of dyslexia have made her life challenging: She is a brilliant actress with reading difficulties!
She also wants to learn how dyslexic brains differ from those with no reading problems.
For Kara Tointon’s Story 2 and 3 please go to our dyslexia video page.
Kara Tointon’s story 4. Kara has learned to move information from her short- to her long-term memory. She is able to learn her scripts in half the time it used to take her. She visits an optometrist (optician) who has a special interest in dyslexia. The white background of a page can make word processing by the brain difficult – ‘visual stress‘. Colorimetry testing helps define the exact colour filter required by an individual. The appropriate colour tinted glasses are prescribed as treatment. She is excited when her colour tinted glasses arrive – these change her ability to read and she is able to look forward to being able to read books as never before. The glasses prove to be excellent treatment for her reading difficulties.
Meares- Irlen Syndrome and Visual Stress
Tom’s story. Tom is an intelligent boy who has struggled at school. From a young age his teachers predicted academic failure. He is dyslexic but he also has Meares- Irlen Syndrome or ‘Visual Stress’. This makes reading extremely difficult and exhausting. For Tom, words on the page seem to move around. He found spelling difficult.
His mother took him to have his eyes tested but at first no abnormality was found. At school he underachieved and his teachers fogged his parents off with excuses such as he may be a late developer.Tom’s Story – 2 and 3 can be seen on our video page.
Coloured Lenses – The Treatment for Visual Stress
Scientific research has shown that a specific and individual colour, worn as precision tinted lenses, will relieve the symptoms of Visual Stress and allow more fluent, efficient and comfortable reading.
Overlays may be used for screening prior to full testing.
Free dyslexia test – colour screen test
If you or one of your loved ones would like to see how a coloured background might help with reading difficulties please visit our free visual colour dyslexia test.
The specific colour is selected following a full eye examination by testing with an instrument called the Intuitive Colorimeter. The Intuitive Colorimeter was designed and developed by Scientists of the Applied Psychology Unit at the Medical Research Council.
Each individual’s optimum colour will be different and likely to involve a combination of tints. The Intuitive Colorimeter is a simple optical device that shines coloured light on a page of text and allows the user to vary the light with three controls, one for colour (hue), one for strength of colour (saturation) and one for brightness (luminance). The variation of hue and saturation is continuous. Luminance may be selected from one of four levels. Once the best combination of tints has been determined the Colorimeter findings are introduced into a computer program to ascertain the precision tinted glasses for reading. Children often describe the resulting clarity as “magical”.
For patients who are prescribed Precision Tinted lenses the exact colour of tint that is required can, like any other optical prescription, change over time. Therefore, we recommend testing with the Intuitive Colorimeter at yearly intervals.
Children with the Intuitive Colorimeter“The Intuitive Colorimeter and Precision Tints have become a key instrument for optometrists who care for people with learning disabilities .”Professor Bruce Evans BSc (Hons) PhD FCOptom DipCLP DipOrth FAAO – Author of ‘Vision & Dyslexia’This site is run by Simone Viniker, an Optometrist, based on the London / Essex border.Simone trained at City University, London, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and the London Institute of Optometry. She practices in Woodford Green and Loughton, Essex where she provides specialist treatment to promote dyslexic training and educational development with coloured overlays and precision coloured lenses using the Intuitive Colorimeter.She also now provides, from both practices, a new system (called Go With The Gobbies) which is aimed at the younger age-group to aid those with dyslexia and visual stress. Clinical trials have found that the eye tracking technique used in this system can be beneficial in aiding those with MS and ME. 20th March 2008:-“With the news headlines breaking today regarding over 2 million children between the ages of 7 to 11 years likely to be suffering from a learning disorder, mainly dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia of which only 76000 have been identified, we ask who can identify these children, who is in the best position in the primary health care chain to monitor them and who could provide visual development and training when required.The obvious answer must be the Optometrist and his team of professionals. So how come Optometrists have not whole-heartedly provided this help and assurance to these children that are their future patients for life. Whilst dyslexia is not related to poor vision one would have expected the Optician to be the first port of call for many worried parents. So is the profession up to the challenge, is BABO (a group of behavioural optometrists) providing the necessary commitment and could our contributor from Go with The Gobbies, be offering a simple solution that could be used easily in practice…As responsible primary health care providers opticians must advertise their value and experience in providing free children?s eye care.” http://www.primaryhealthnet.com/phnsubcontent.asp?id=9&subid=93Primary Health Net Ltd, Jasmine House, 55 Jasmine Grove, London SE20 8JY T: 020 8776 5000
The College of Optometrists41-42 Craven StreetLondon WC2N 5NG Telephone +44 (0) 20 7839 6000http://www.aop.org.uk/
Association of Optometrists,61 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HL Tel 44 (0) 20 7261 9661 http://www.city.ac.uk/study/courses/optometry-bsc.htmlCity University London, Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5060 http://www.ceriumvistech.co.uk/ Cerium Group Headquarters, Cerium Technology Park, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7DE England Tel: (44) 1580 765211
Simone Viniker can supply you with your personally optimised coloured prescription lenses as treatment for reading problems associated with dyslexia. The practice is situated in the centre of Loughton in South East Essex and close to North East London and Hertfordshire.We are a short drive from Abridge, Bethnal Green, Bow, Barking, Barnet, Brentwood, Buckhurst Hill, Central London, Chigwell, Chingford, Edmonton, East Ham, East London, Enfield, Epping, Essex, Gants Hill, Hackney, Hainault, Hertfordshire, Highams Park, Hornchurch, Ilford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Liverpool Street, London, North-East London, Redbridge, Romford, Seven Sisters, Snaresbrook, South Woodford, Stratford, Stoke Newington, Tottenham, Waltham Abbey, Walthamstow, Wanstead, Ware, Watford, Whipps Cross, Woodford, and Woodford Green. We are within a 30 minute drive of North London and Southwest Essex and The City is less than 30 minutes away on the Central line. Recent Literature on DyslexiaBrain Imaging Study Eliminates Differences in Visual Function as a Cause of DyslexiaGenetics of DyslexiaImproving diagnosis dyslexia and other reading disabilities – USA Senate
DISCLAIMER The aim of this web site is to provide a general guide and it is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with an appropriate specialist in respect of individual care and treatment. Colour tinted glasses can be effective treatment for adults as well as children with dyslexia – Meares Irlen Syndrome .