UK Optician leads in Dyslexia field

by addressing all the different approaches through the eyes


How we address Dyslexia using all 5 methods

There is no cure at present for dyslexia, but there is good news. Ground-breaking new visual interventions can significantly improve symptoms and help children reach their full potential. For professional advice, you can turn to award-winning Optometrist, Noel McCrystal from Dungannon, the only optometrist in the UK involved in all 5 methods of addressing dyslexia through the eyes.

What might a child with dyslexia see?

Dyslexia primarily affects the visual skills involved in reading and spelling; word movement or distortion is often a key problem. Words can swirl, reverse, bleach out or shimmer on the page, causing eyestrain, headaches, migraine, fatigue and poor depth perception. This exacerbates reading, writing and comprehension difficulties and often lowers a child’s self-esteem. The eye develops critical brain connections in the first eight years of life. Research shows that 80% of all learning is obtained through the eyes during this formative period. Sometimes children with undiagnosed eye problems are mistakenly put into special needs classes which can further delay their learning, as they do not have an intellectual difficulty. Early eye tests by a qualified specialist optician are crucial.

How can visual treatments help dyslexia?

McCrystal Opticians is unique in the UK & Ireland, offering all five leading optical techniques for addressing dyslexia: Cerium overlays, Chromagen, Intuitive Colorimetry, Schoolvision and Orthoscopics.

The use of coloured tints in lenses or contact lenses can be very effective, with or without prescription. Testing with colour overlays or the specialist Chromagen system helps identify the specific tints required for individual needs. The Intuitive Colorimeter system offers further precision, with over 110,000 colour possibilities.

Schoolvision takes investigation a step further by studying the way your child’s eyes work together as they read. It addresses eye dominance, muscle problems and strains both inside and outside of the eye. This technique also addresses any colour requirement, as well as any balance and spatial awareness difficulties that may be present. Schoolvision offers a bespoke solution for each patient’s individual set of symptoms and we have achieved substantial improvements in 80% of children, particularly in the speed and fluency of their reading, overall confidence and attitude to learning.

What are the latest technology advances?

Our new, cutting-edge Orthoscopics technology offers the world’s most precise primary colour system for addressing non-muscular dyslexia and dyspraxia, with applications for a much wider range of sensory problems. Many people are surprised to discover there are multi-sensory links between vision, hearing, speech and balance functions. Coloured lenses, accurately prescribed using Orthoscopics, can successfully address these imbalances, as well as helping with facial recognition and facial blindness, most commonly associated with ASD and Aspergers. We are privileged to be able to help children and their families make significant positive changes to their lives…

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