Chrome on cars? Mirrors? Headlights at night? Shiny white page? Reflection off a computer screen? Glare particularly affects those with Irlen Syndrome which is fundamentally a light processing disorder.
Caleb, a 14 year old student, is severely affected by glare. He explained that he had to shade the page in order to try to read it. When he reads the light makes his eyes hurt and he can feel dizzy. He comes home with headaches at least twice a week. Caleb struggles with reading comprehension (no wonder with ‘visual overload’) and reads very slowly: “When I read I daydream, not thinking of what I’m reading, not taking it in”. With the correct combination of Irlen colored lenses, picked just for him, he found glare no longer was a problem either on the page or in the environment. Caleb usually refuses to read aloud but did so for us with his particular color, and his mom exclaimed: “It’s the fastest I’ve ever heard him read…. and he could tell me afterwards what he’d read!” No wonder this happened as the color calmed his brain, stopped his eyes hurting and brought words into clear focus for the first time EVER. It was great to be ‘high fived’ by this student and to see his beaming smile!
In the following video Caleb explains how the color also helped him with glare in the environment, bringing the world around him into focus… “wow, it’s cool, it’s crazy – so clear” were his actual words when this happened for the first time. He can’t wait for his colored Irlen glasses to be made in the Irlen Lab by tinting plano (no prescription) lenses the precise color we found helps him.