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Eye glasses can treat dyslexia

Posted: Updated: Nov 16, 2012 11:34 AM
Jonathan Mitchell uses the glasses to read. His reading speed and accuracy improved 25 percent with the glasses. Jonathan Mitchell uses the glasses to read. His reading speed and accuracy improved 25 percent with the glasses.

Imagine trying to read, but the words jumble together or even appear to wiggle on the page. 

"They were all squished up together and it seem like most of them were together when they weren't," said senior student Jonathan Mitchell.

That is the experience for students suffering from dyslexia.

"People think that I'm not in the grade that I am because of that. It's just annoying," said senior student Stephen Kober.

"It's very frustrating for me to have someone as bright as Stephen is struggling, and getting frustrated and wanting to give up," said English teacher Karen Canella.

Brighton Schools in Baton Rouge is a K-12 school specializing in helping students with dyslexia and dyslexia-related learning disorders.

To help these students overcome the disorder, a company called ChromaGen Vision has come to their aid.

The company makes glasses with colored lens. The lenses were developed to correct colorblindness by David Harris at the Corneal Laser Center for Color Blindness at Clatterbridge Hospital in England. However, feedback from patients revealed that the same lenses also help relieve dyslexia.

"Basically, this technology slows down the neurological transmission that goes through the eye to the brain so that when students see words that are moving in some way, left or right, up or down, if it's blurry, wiggly we make these words stop moving," said ChromaGen CEO Ted Edwards.

ChromaGen bought the technology and is now bringing it to students in the United States, including those at Brighton High School.

Students were tested and fitted for glasses. In the case of Mitchell, his reading speed and accuracy improved 25 percent with the glasses.

"It definitely helps. I read a lot faster and it was easy," said Mitchell.

The best news is that students receive their exam, frames and lenses for free thanks to a program called Ten to One. For every ten pairs of glasses ChromaGen sales, they are able to give away a pair for free. 

Many of the teachers said it was emotional to watch their students who had struggled, instantly improved.

"To kind of be able to put it in words and then explain what's happening and then to have the glasses just fix it for them. That's an amazing thing," said Canella.

For more information on ChromaGen Vision, click here.

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