This is Part 2 of my client’s story, as overlays made such as difference to his reading, he was back within 2 weeks to explore how Irlen colored lenses could ‘calm’ his brain even further and what improvements he would then experience.
My client is 33 years old and was hit by a car when he was a child, putting him in a coma. Since then he has experienced constant headaches/pressure in his head, as well as an effect called ‘visual snow’ which is like watching a TV that is not tuned in, he described it as thousands of white and yellow dots flickering everywhere he looked.
The Irlen process allows many different combinations of color to be added to a lens, and it is specific to the client which combination is needed. The tinted lenses prescribed during my Diagnostic allowed my client to enter a whole new world. Here are some of his comments:
Looking through the tinted lenses: ‘This is hilarious, as good as getting new glasses!’
Depth Perception: ‘This looks more like a corridor (3D), less like a picture (2D)’….. ‘Usually I don’t know if I’m going to walk into things, I feel unstable, not grounded, I can feel my feet on the floor now’….. ‘Without the color the trees look almost in a row, with I can tell one is in front’
Visual Perception: ‘The carpet is chaos, like a spider web… but with the color it is totally different, a zig zag’
Visual Snow: ‘It hasn’t gone but I can see through it now, it is like I can see though a fog’…. ‘People with visual snow sometimes can’t see through things, like if a friend drives by in a car I can’t see them through the car window… with the color I can see through windows clearly, I can see inside the plastic bottle and (smiling) .. I can see though the surface of this hedge and see the twigs and the ground beneath it.’
Light sensitivity: ‘I can adjust to the light outside and not squint, I can look up at the clouds’
Reading: ‘Before lots of letters cross over, on the computer I can see halos around the letters the colored lens cleans it up’
Comfort: ‘I always have pressure in my right eye. I can feel the muscles relaxing as I look through the color’
My client joked that if I wasn’t careful he would take the test lenses with him as he was so excited about this new world ….he couldn’t wait to wear the color as glasses, and I can’t wait for him to let me know further improvements he notices when wearing them!