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Dyslexia is sometimes defined as a signal confusion in the brain that causes difficulties with language, laterality, memory, or reading. It is a difficult problem for people to have in a culture that depends on the written word for much of its work. Visual input, such as the printed word is very difficult for a dyslexic brain to process.
School age children with this problem are at risk for poor performance in school even when they are smart because of how this condition also affects their ability to express what they know. At Avenue Vision we now have three ways to help the dyslexic patient to read better.
First, our doctor will do a thorough, comprehensive exam on the patient. Their diagnosis will find the optimum prescription for that patient at computer or book distance. Surprisingly, a pair of low-powered lenses can make a huge impact on the level of fatigue and headaches the patient experiences. Therapeutic reading lenses can take the stress off the visual system.
Second, most dyslexic patients need vision therapy for resolution of muscle and sensory problems. They often have eyes that do not track together, or cannot blend the images from each eye in the brain. Vision therapy is truly rehabilitation for the eye-brain system. It’s physical therapy for the eyes. When we do vision therapy for dyslexic patients, activities include visual processing, laterality, directionality, balance, and peripheral vision.
Third, we carry therapeutic filters from Chromagen which research has shown to be helpful to dyslexic adults and children. Chromagen lenses are in their second generation and were researched by David Harris in Liverpool, England. Colored filters for dyslexics support reading by slowing the speed of transmission of light information so that the person’s brain can process information more easily. When these three therapeutic options: reading prescription, vision therapy, and colored filters are combined to support vision, our dyslexic patients experience a measurable difference in their ability to work, play, read, and study.