“Prior to having the glasses, when reading for information I would have to use a highlighter pen to follow the lines. I could only read for 1.5 hours before becoming very tired and no more than two 1.5 hour sessions in the day. When driving I would have to have a passenger route finding for me or I would get lost on new routes regularly.
After getting the glasses a lot has changed. Any new learning is deeper and better understood. Previously it would be like skipping stones on water, I would know something but I could not retain the route I used to get there. Now it is like building a bridge. The stress levels are reduced because I am not using as much effort to concentrate on tasks, I am more creative and flexible in any approaches to work, relying less on notes and routine to get me through the day. The tinted glasses have completely changed the way I organise and live my life.“
“Dear Ruth and the team,
This is a poor attempt at a huge thank you for changing my life. From a very early in my life I was not confident at school and my father became increasingly frustrated with my poor school reports. All my life I felt inferior and thick’ or ‘stupid’ because I could not do the things others could. I tried my best to describe to people what was happening and that words moved and the brightness of paper hurt. I was deemed unruly and making up pathetic excuses. Thus I became a rebel!
It was not until I was 21 and at college training as a chef that I discovered that I had a ‘real’ problem. While asked in class to measure out ingredients I found I could not multiply the amounts or read the recipe properly, so I improvised. My tutor noticed of course and asked me why, it was then I was tested for Dyslexia. The next change in my life was when I was 40 and I visited Ruth for the first time after researching on the internet problems with Dyslexia and eye sight.
I had been to opticians before and had been prescribed glasses but always felt that they were not doing much for me. After visiting with Ruth I left the shop feeling for the first time in my life I was not odd ‘thick’ or ‘stupid’. The glasses that I had been prescribed worked wonders for me and over the last two years have given me confidence in my work and my life. I have just had my second visit and this time Ruth has suggested tinted lenses for Meares-Irlen Syndrome, I am very excited and can’t wait to have a new pair with the tints. At last, at age 42, I can be confident that I am not ‘thick’ or ‘stupid’ and that I do have a very real issue. This will of course have a huge impact on my daily life both at work and at home.
I can highly recommend (and will) Ruth as she is a very enthusiastic person who takes great pride in her work and gives her all when helping people. She is simply a wonderful woman. Thank you Ruth and the team for changing my life.”
The glasses arrived today, and after a little hesitation and minor panic on my part, were pretty much an instant success! The minor panic came when Anton put them on for the first time and immediately said: “Everything is red.”
(OH, NO!) He took them off again and went on “everything is red, but even more red with them on.” Since red is more or less synonymous with brown or black within blue cone monochromacy, I took it to mean things were a bit darker. (PHEW!). He then went on to say my face looked different. (What now???). ~ looked bigger (Oh, phew, again … ) The biggest miracle of all is that, as you and Alex predicted they would, they stay put once they are on. It was great fun seeing Anton in all sorts of contortions attempting to look over or under them. He gave up soon enough!
Then I noticed he was doing the same thing again as he did when he’d got his very first pair, the clear ones: he was noticing that he was seeing things he hadn’t realised before, details, like the little holes over the speaker part of the television, and also (I’m less happy to admit) he pointed out the wrinkles on my forehead … He even asked for a duster, because he saw some dust on the telly! This just illustrates quite how little the pair he was using before were helping him! When asked which he preferred, he was very clear this new pair was his preference.
The most wonderful confirmation of how right these are for him came at bedtime. He has a very dimmed nightlight on his bedside cabinet, yet he asked to have his glasses on to “read” his books. That has NEVER happened before.
We’re certainly off to a good start. I haw a feeling we’re going to be in for few more discoveries and surprises in the coming days … We can’t thank you enough! This could mean such a tum-around, it’s like a whole new world is opening up for our little boy, when quite rightly you pointed out how much there already was to celebrate.
“I am now 12 years old, and up to now life has been terrible. I have found it impossible to read. All my friends seem to manage, but for me it just doesn’t happen The words moved about and got all jumbled. People would make fun of me and call me names, I felt stupid and worthless. I was made to sit at an exam paper for 90 minutes trying to make out at least one question, but none of it made any sense to me. Frustrated attempts were making me sick and dizzy. It was affecting my health and I started having fits, bad headaches and migraines. There was a sense of hopelessness and loss. I was scared of going to school but was dragged there, often in tears, pleading ‘Please don’t make me go!’
My eyes went over the words but they would disappear and move. I honestly thought it was some magic power in me making them do this, and this made me feel like I had some supernatural powers within me and I was therefore not normal. I didn’t want to be different so I refused the Special Needs corner. I felt I was putting maximum effort in for no reward, so I lost the will to try and considered ending everything.
I came to see Ruth in April 2010 and she found some spectacles which helped to stop some of the wobble. Better still we made a reading aid out of some orange overlay and black card which has stopped the words from moving about. AT LAST!! My self confidence is returning, I am participating in sports once more – I came 11th out of 70 runners – and can feel my self confidence growing. My teachers are amazed. My mother is amazed and I feel a massive difference on the inside.
Ruth says she can put a tint in my spectacles, but I am not ready for this yet as it may attract attention. It would look fine on anyone else, but it is not for me as I don’t want to stand out from the crowd. Perhaps I can start to catch up with my education.”
I just wanted to write and thank you now I have finished the eye training course. I came to you to learn how I could focus properly and understand my eyes better. To start with I had to learn how my eyes worked by doing the exercises you gave me to do every week. At first I thought the sessions were not working and it really was wasting my time, but eventually after practicing nearly every night or when ever I could, my eyes worked a lot better and I started to understand how I could make my eyes focus quicker, without my glasses (bifocals). At the end of the sessions I can focus quicker without using my glasses. The sessions helped my eyes learn how to look near and far with ease, walk a bug up and down the string at a speed I wanted it to go, with only me controlling it and not my eyes controlling the bug. I was able to increase my time on the flippers dramatically over the course of sessions and lastly I managed to see in to an Inter Free Space and the results were amazing. From not been able to see into one before to actually seeing one clearly was fantastic.
Now with the knowledge of what I know I can keep my eyes in focus on my own but if I need to I can go back to the exercises I have learned and be able to keep my eyes working properly.
This has been beneficial to me and I have enjoyed the sessions partly because I wanted to set myself a challenge of making my eyes work. In the Easter holidays I even read a book from start to finish as my eye focus is now much better. Also at college I can focus on the white board more clearly too and I am not so tired.