McCrystal Opticians are amongst the first practices in the UK and Ireland to combine the unique Schoolvision and Orthoscopics light based systems in practice, for those with visual perception Problems

The Schoolvision concept can also be modified to help others with multisensory issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s, as a strong common denominator of anomalous muscular strain can exist in the visual system. This helps promote development of ones ‘up close’ world, where drawing, sketching, letter and word recognition becomes easier – leading to better reading, writing, speech and verbal/ non-verbal communication skills.

We are also amongst the few practices in the UK to implement the unique Orthoscopics light based system in practice, for those with visual perception problems.

This technology uses an ‘additive’ approach of using 3 light sources (red, green and blue), which are individually introduced to precisely match the colour responses of the receptors in the eye of the individual. It works by stripping out certain ‘offensive’ wavelengths of light, easing interference in a person’s sensory perception. Not only does it allow us to increase the saturation of the colour without losing brightness, but also enables use in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This system allows us to reach much deeper into colour space than other colour systems, therefore achieving a much greater capability of help for individuals, depending on their needs.

We find that 60-70% of individuals on the Autism Spectrum suffer from some degree of facial distortion (Prosopometamorphopsia) and facial blindness (Prosopagnosia), spatial awareness and sensory confusion (Synesthesia) issues. The Orthoscopics system can work really well to reduce these issues, promoting better social interaction with others as well as alignment of everyday senses (touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight).

The Orthoscopics system can also help in cases of non-muscular dyslexia, where visual processing issues exist further back in the eye-brain communication chain. In addition the symptoms of other photosensitive conditions can be eased such as migraine, tinnitus, visual field loss, ADHD and reducing the tremor in Parkinson’s disease.

The test, which is completely painless, involves an investigative consultation and colour assessment, where a tailored coloured result may be recommended, in the form of spectacles.