Who We Are
Read123 are UK qualified Optometrists/Ophthalmic Opticians, registered with The General Optical Council, The College of Optometrists and The Association of Optometrists. We specialise in Visual Stress (sometimes known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome), which is a perceptual disorder causing visual disturbances in Dyslexics. These visual disturbances are managed using coloured overlays and tinted lenses and filters. We’re also involved in the use of colour therapy in autistic children. We have helped many children and adults with this condition since 2005 using our unique colour range in our anti-glare overlays and tinted glasses.
Read123 tinted glasses are perfect for those people who suffer from Dyslexia/ Visual Stress (Meares-Irlen Syndrome)/ Visual Dyslexia to help read from the whiteboard and to write on plain white paper. They’re also beneficial in Photosensitive Epilepsy and Migraine as well as any kind of Retro-orbital pain.
Our aim as a social enterprise is to improve reading in children and adults of all ages, from all backgrounds. Each time you read, put your glasses on and the words should appear straight, as well as minimising any distortions.
Tinted glasses are very helpful in the workplace especially for VDU users who suffer from Dyslexia, Visual Stress, Migraine or Photosensitive Epilepsy. The flicker from VDU screens makes concentration difficult and impacts on work productivity. Our glasses are designed to relieve the strain on the Visual System. In accordance with The DSE Regulations 1992, employers are advised to provide glasses that help their employees who are habitual VDU users.
This is especially applicable to those VDU users who are either Dyslexic, Autistic or have Visual Stress and use a coloured overlay, and those that have Chronic Migraine and Photosensitive Epilepsy made worse by VDU flicker.
Read123 UV400 tinted glasses for Visual Stress (Meares-Irlen Syndrome) come in 14 standard colours and in prescription or non prescription. They are Pink-Red/Rose, Pink-Magenta, Lime-Apple Green, Blue, Double Blue, Yellow, Purple, Mint Green, Aqua-Turquoise Blue, Grey, Peach-Orange, Amber-Orange, Double Blue, Purple-Rose and Strawberry Red. We also produce tinted glasses based on 24 customised bespoke tints from our diagnostic ipad app.
Each pair of glasses is UV coated for full UV400 protection as standard to help protect eyes from harmful UVA and UVB ultraviolet light especially when reading outside. Please note: a tint doesn’t offer UV protection on its own. It MUST be UV coated. Our lenses are CE marked and conform to UK Standards.
Tinted Visual Stress glasses and filters from Read123 are a cost effective alternative solution to otherwise expensive glasses from the High Street opticians, Irlen/Cerium as well as non optical professionals. We stock the latest styles of frames in kids, teens and adult ranges and will continuously add more fashionable frames.
Specially tinted glasses for Visual Stress are great for use in the classroom, as there is no need to change the whiteboard colour and cause disruptions to classroom activities. Now Dyslexics can also participate!
Read123 are qualified opticians and members of The General Optical Council, so you are guaranteed a trustworthy source for your glasses.
You can also add optional extras like hard coating to help increase the durability of the lenses, thus increasing scratch resistance. Read123 work closely with both parents and schools to provide high quality Dyslexia products.
Our Visual Stress glasses are thoroughly quality checked in our lab before they are sent out to you.
Visual Stress / Visual Dyslexia
Visual Stress, also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome affects around half of all Dyslexics and Migraine sufferers. Patterns such as sentences or flicker trigger off a phenomenon called Visual Cortex Hyperexcitability which causes a Visual Disturbance. This results in headaches, tired eyes, difficulty reading, Visual auras amongst a multitude of symptoms.
If you suffer from Chronic Migraine or any kind of retro-orbital pain then you should be tested for Visual Stress. Colour therapy is very beneficial in relieving the headaches and pain associated with Migraine. In fact, any kind of photosensitivity such as epilepsy is helped by colour therapy with tinted lenses. Contact Read123 for a testing kit to determine what tint works best for you.
Visual Stress causes reading difficulties in Dyslexics and Migraine sufferers which is improved significantly by as much as 70% using colour therapy.
Tinted Visual Stress glasses are very helpful when copying from the whiteboard allowing Dyslexics with Visual Stress to participate without any classroom disruptions as well as changing the whiteboard colour multiple times.
Read123 tinted glasses are very beneficial in providing relief to those people who suffer from Photosensitive Epilepsy. Blue, Pink-Red/Rose and Purple tinted glasses have been shown in studies to have a suppressive effect upon photoparoxysmal responses. The colour of the tint varies from person to person although our Double Blue tint works very well.
Tinted glasses have long been used in the treatment of Migraine and recent studies suggest Rose coloured glasses can be helpful in greatly reducing the frequency of Migraine attacks when these glasses are worn continuously. The colour of the tint however varies from person to person but the most popular colours tend to be Sky Blue, Double Blue, Purple or Pink-Red/Rose. Please ask us for more help on this.
Muted coloured lenses can help with autistic children and adults. Our standard coloured glasses in Peach-Orange, Rose, Mint Green, Sky Blue and Neutral Grey will help in autism. If a customised bespoke tint is required we can make this too at an affordable price.
produced the first truly anti-glare Dyslexia coloured overlays which reduce reflections better than any overlay on the market. These were accompanied by our tinted glasses for Visual Stress, Dyslexia, Autism and Photosensitive Epilepsy.
developed the first automated software for diagnosis and management of Visual Stress. This software is currently used by schools and colleges.
Qualified as Optometrists and began specialism in Visual Stress, Visual Dyslexia and the use of colour in management of Autism Spectrum Disorder.