I use a coloured film overlay when I read books, and I have my kindle set up in blue shade mode with a colour tint. This helps hugely with my dyslexia. Husband was looking for a new overlay for me and found some stuff on Irlen syndrome so I wondered if any of you knew anything about it? Positive or negative.
I use tinted glasses to help me to cope with light sensitivity. In my case, the colour is a shade of purple.
The Irlen Syndrome stuff on the web seems like a scam to me. They charge you $28 for a report that will tell you whether you can use tinted overlays and whatnot, without actually providing any of the overlays (you would have to pay more for those).
Glasses or overlays may well work for some people, but I'd stay away from websites that will sell them for an arm and a leg. You should be able to figure out on your own whether they work for you or not.
I know already that overlays work for me for reading, so when my husband found this stuff about the glasses he thought that they they might help.
I use a yellow over lay and my kindle is tinted to yellow .Did you chose your colour your self or did you see someone?
We chose the overlay 20 ish years ago it was the best one to stop the words wavering and blurring. But I don't know if it would be different with a bigger set to choose between, there were only 4 choices when we tried them.
Yes, I had an Irlen Screening after hearing Paddy Considine talking about how the filters helped him. The symptoms he described sounded familiar, especially about flourescent lights.
I asked my GP about it and he was sceptical. I spoke to the people at my Autism center and they were less sceptical. Apperently it is more prevelant in ASD people.There were 3 people who had reported a big difference when wearing filters. One guy wrote me a nice long summary of his experiences and the cost, he was a surgeon with ASD. So going by the people who had said it was beneficial I decided to have a screening.
In the screening they hold a different coloured tint in front of your eye and test how you see certain things. They'll add more colours until you feel that your sight is in the best shade built up from all the filters. I didn't realise it but I saw a halo around solid red and green objects. Textures and patterns disappeared that were basically things that weren't real. I stood under a flourescent light for far longer that usual with less discomfort. My synesthesia was less dominant. It really did have an effect. I decided to get the filters. They are a sort of dark orangey amber. You might have any colour lens according to the way your eye processes colour.
If you do have the lenses made make sure you have the largest frame type you can find, to cover as much as your eyesight as possible. I had a pair which were smaller but I barely use them because they don't cover enough of my eyesight. With my other lenses I got them put into larger pair of frames. So things like aviator style glasses, larger clubmasters, and square framed glasses. I just find I got more out of the larger frames. They look pretty good imo too!
Some NHS trusts will pay for your lenses and screening. Devon, Humberside and parts of the North West do offer it. I'd do a bit of enquiring because it can be pricey.
Last but not least use a certified Irlen centre. I've seen prices at some places that are not certified that are exorbitant, also they don't use official Mears Irlen lab lenses.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask!
I selected the colour myself, but used an online test that's easy to replicate. Basically just the same sentence written on all different coloured backgrounds, and you see which is easiest to read.
I was skeptical but there was one colour, purple, that was significantly easier for me. When I asked my NT husband to try, he couldn't see any difference between colours, which was enough of a confirmation for me to try it. So I ordered glasses with the purple tint and they immediately made a huge difference to my life, reducing meltdowns, shutdowns and confusion. I've used them ever since. The actual shade of purple doesn't have to be too specific - I have glasses in a few shades - but it does have to be purple. No other colour makes a difference.
There are a lot of scam sites out there. If you use an official screening centre they are not allowed to charge an excessive amount because they are regulated. I heard of one person paying £900! The NHS will only send people to a proper centre.
Wait, sorry I read that wrong! They don't actually test you in person? I wouldn't trust that!
When I did a search it came up with an American website. You can answer a bunch of questions on an online form (one of them was about autism), and, for $28, they will send you a report telling you whether you should purchase (for more money) their software which I suppose tints your computer screen to make it easier to read. I have no doubt it will tell everyone to purchase the software.
I have Irlen's as well as ASC. I was diagnosed by a specialist at a Specsavers opticians. I was a uni student at the time so the DSA paid for my assessment.