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Link between retinal thinning in children and young adults and Autism

Recent studies have identified a link between Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer (RNFL) thinning and Autism. The RNFL also commonly known as the retina is the light sensitive portion at the back of the eye. The world is projected onto this structure which is then processed through photoreceptors (rods and cones) so we can see a clear image. In Autism, researchers have found marked thinning of this RNFL which enforces the belief that autism is a neuro processing disorder. The eye isn’t [...]

Link between vision problems and autism

Recent studies show that a simple visual test can help detect autism in young children. The human brain can’t fuse two different images. For example, if one eye is presented with a horse and the other eye with a car, the two different images can’t be fused by the brain. As a result, it tries to suppress one of the images to avoid a process called visual confusion. This is a defence strategy to prevent us from falling over [...]

The effect of coloured lenses on the reading ability of autistic children

Studies carried out in 2006 showed that the reading ability of children with autism, who used coloured overlays improved significantly. 15 out of 19 autistic children (around 80%) who used coloured overlays had a statistically significant improvement in reading ability compared with a control group of children who were not autistic. In fact this was also demonstrated with Tourette Syndrome  and ADHD. This is not surprising  as Tourette Syndrome and Autism overlap clinically. Furthermore, the efficacy of blue tinted lenses [...]

The use of colour therapy and coloured lenses in autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects around 1 in 100 children with boys affected more. Colour therapy including specially tinted glasses can have a calming effect. Professionals from all disciplines therefore now need to be more aware of the specific design requirements needed to cater for autistic children and adults. Autistic children frequently have problems with sensory integration which includes vision and the ambience. Research suggests autistic childrens’ photoreceptors have a chemical imbalance which causes them to change and be more sensitive [...]

The use of tinted lenses in Dyslexia, Visual Stress and Photosensitive Epilepsy

Read123 have designed and developed their own range of tinted glasses for Dyslexia and Visual Stress. These are available both in prescription and non prescription form, for children, teenagers and for adults. Around 40-50% (possibly more) of Dyslexics have Visual Stress so we tend to use terms like "tinted glasses for Dyslexia". Moving along.. The issue of the whiteboard has been a common theme in classrooms all around the world for Dyslexics. How to accommodate Dyslexics when the whiteboard should be a particular tint [...]

What is Visual Stress and why do Dyslexics and poor readers suffer from it?

Dyslexics and poor readers frequently complain about words moving around on the page, or words missing, seeing funny colours and shapes on the page when they read. This makes reading difficult and frustrating. In addition, any kind of alternating pattern where the contrast is marked, triggers off some sort of visual disturbance. Why does it do this? The words on the page when they are a certain size, mimic a series of alternating black and white lines which the brain interprets as a [...]

The use of colour therapy to help Dyslexia, its ideal characteristic and popularity

Colour therapy involving the use of coloured overlays and specially tinted lenses have been used to help alleviate or reduce the symptoms of Visual Stress and Irlen Syndrome in both poor readers and Dyslexics for a number of years. However, it’s still poorly understood and appreciated. In simple terms, those who suffer from Visual Stress find words difficult to view on a page of text or on a VDU screen. They move around, or there are shapes and colours, words [...]

Migraine & the use of coloured lenses to help alleviate Migraine symptoms

Many MIGRAINE sufferers complain of HEADACHES which can be triggered off by fluorescent lights or any kind of bright light for that matter. They usually pass this off as being down to the bright nature of light and so typically wear sunglasses (brown or grey). Although this can cut down some of the glare, the symptoms still persist albeit to a lesser degree and the affected person suffers throughout life. Reading is also very difficult and TIRING. Read123 opticians have [...]

Spot The Signs: 10 Indicators That Your Child May Have Visual Stress or Dyslexia

Having Visual Stress as a symptom of Dyslexia can be a daunting thing for children, especially as the opinions of peers and others around can affect how much we speak up about matters most important to us. Children can often feel singled out due to having potential learning difficulties or with health problems in  general and many do not wish to speak up about them for the fear of feeling different or being treated differently, having more attention than [...]

What You Need To Know For DVLA License Applications

When APPLYING for your driving license you must notify DVLA of any medical conditions or disabilities whether you develop a condition/disability or it has gone worse since you have APPLIED for your license. Notifiable conditions are anything that can affect your driving ability and can include: Epilepsy Strokes Neurological and Mental Health Conditions Physical Disabilities Visual Impairments If you have a license and do not adhere to the standards of driving and your doctor deems you unfit to drive due to your condition, you must surrender your [...]