Elliot had struggled throughout his primary schooling and his difficulties with reading had led to ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Elliott was in Year 6 facing his SATs exams when his mother Emma saw an article about ChromaGen™ lenses and wondered whether they might offer an additional form of classroom assistance. A visit to Cantor & Nissel opticians in Brackley resulted in the prescription of a pair of ChromaGen™ spectacle lenses for Elliot.
Emma explains: “Elliot found an immediate and dramatic difference in his ability to read text. He says the glasses helped to spread the words out, to straighten them and to make them stay still on the page. He sat his SATs exams just six weeks after the glasses were fitted and it was as if all his potential suddenly became unlocked. Whereas he had never got higher than a Grade 3 before the SATs, in the actual exams he got two 4s and a 5 – and in the science paper he scored 100%!
“There has been a gradual increase in Elliot”s reading and writing ability since then. In just nine months he has caught up an 18-month gap between his reading age and the average for his age. He is now spot on the average for his reading age, and his writing and handwriting are so much better that he now even gets As for his English. In terms of self-esteem alone, wearing the glasses has paid huge dividends (especially as they look “cool”!). In September Elliot began secondary school far better equipped as a more confident, independent learner.
“We are sure that this is largely down to the glasses because when they broke and he had to go without them for a week, it was all too obvious!”
Linda Lacome-Shaw (46) of Muswell Hill first became aware that she was dyslexic when she was in her early forties. Coming from a family of academic high-achievers, she had struggled with the disorder all her life without really knowing why it was that reading had always seemed such hard work to her. Linda had decided to retrain for a new career as a homeopath and it was during her programme of studies that an acquaintance pointed out that she was showing classic signs of dyslexia: tired eyes, headaches, glare from the page when reading and difficulty staying on track.
Help arrived for Linda when she found Robert Lamont”s practice, Panoptica in Muswell Hill. A brief assessment confirmed that her problems were of a visual nature and Lamont then went on to prescribe ChromaGen™ lenses.
After the correct lens had been fitted for each eye, Linda explains, “It was almost miraculous. Suddenly, I was able to appreciate why it was that I had found it so hard to read text before. Often, when you have a condition such as this, it seems you are unaware of what “normal” vision means. In my case, I realised that previously the words and letters appeared randomly scattered on the page – and it was as though there were wavy rivers running through the text. With the lenses on, suddenly the words magically arranged themselves into straight lines across the page and I could follow the lines of text much more easily. My speed of reading increased at once and I was able to read without so much fatigue. The glare off the page had gone and my eyes were soothed, making reading a much more comfortable activity.
“I only wish I”d found these lenses when I was younger. As a child I didn”t know how to compensate for my difficulties with reading and I suffered a lot of impatience from teachers who could not comprehend why I was being so slow. I believe that children are highly receptive to the treatment and if they are given the help they need early, it can save an awful lot of problems with confidence and self-esteem. I now use my homeopathy skills to help a number of dyslexic people deal effectively with these personal issues.”
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Cox from Poole was among those youngsters celebrating surprisingly good GCSE results this summer. However, she says that without her coloured ChromaGen™ contact lens, all her hard work would not have paid off as it did.
Hannah has dyslexia, a condition that affects approx. 16% of the population and can lead to a devastating loss of self-esteem among school children in today”s competitive educational environment. Because of Hannah”s difficulties with spelling, she had been placed in “special needs” classes throughout her early schooling, yet she found these did little to help her. An intelligent, articulate girl, by the time she was ten she opted instead to remain in the mainstream class and be given 20% extra time for taking exam papers as her only form of help. No one told her she had dyslexia and she had no idea why she read so slowly or spelt so poorly.
In early June this year, at her parents” suggestion, Hannah went along to a talk organised by the Dorset Dyslexia Association. Craig Wilcox of Classic Eye Opticians in Bournemouth gave a presentation on visual dyslexia and suddenly Hannah became very interested. “I became aware, for the first time, that I was seeing rivers running through text when I read and that the text seemed like it was going to walk off the page. I was used to having to re-read every passage repeatedly to make sense of it but I just thought everyone did this. The talk was very helpful in explaining how people with dyslexia often have different ways of processing information as it passes from the eyes to the brain and this difference can lead to particular creative and artistic abilities. Art and textiles are my best subjects at school and suddenly it all made sense.”
Hannah went to have a full eye examination with Classic Eye and was prescribed a single blue coloured ChromaGen™ lens to help her with her reading. She reports, “Almost immediately, because the text stayed still on the page, my reading speed doubled and I found I could absorb information much better, which was obviously crucial when it came to reading exam questions in my GCSEs.
“When my results came, I found I had nine passes, including an A for Textiles and Art and six Bs, which included the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. I have now been able to add a third A level to my previous choice of Art and Design as subjects to carry forward for next year: English Literature. In my mocks I only got a D for English and so I would not have considered I could go on to do it at A Level.
“I”m delighted that my ChromaGen™ lens has helped me to achieve on paper what I must have already known in my head. There must be a lot of other children out there who are working extra hard but not getting the recognition and results they deserve because they don”t know they have a special condition that can be helped in this very simple way.”