Colour blindness, dyslexia and migraines
What is ChromaGen™?
ChromaGen™ is a unique product that was developed to help patients who suffer from either colour deficiency or academic skills disorders (ASD). ASD is a term that covers reading, writing and spelling difficulties that is known as Dyslexia.ChromaGen™ Haploscopic filters are a range of precision tinted lenses which are individually prescribed for patients.
They can be worn as either spectacles or contact lenses. In trials over 97% of colour deficient people reported a significant enhancement to their colour vision. In other trials, it was noted that people suffering from reading disorders or ASD have also benefited dramatically, making reading significantly easier when using ChromaGen™ lenses.
ChromaGen™ cannot cure colour deficiency or ASD, but instead offers a successful management system.
What is Colour Deficiency?
Colour vision deficiency is the inability to distinguish certain shades of colour. The term “colour blindness” is also used to describe this visual condition, but very few people are completely colour blind. Colour deficiency is usually present from birth, although sometimes it can develop later in life. Most people are “red-green” deficient, which means they have difficulty distinguishing between shades of red, yellow and green.
There is no cure for colour deficiency, but ChromaGen™ filters can help by changing the level of each colour going to the eyes helping to offer enhanced colour perception and colour discrimination.
For many people the improvement in their colour perception and discrimination can be very dramatic; they find the brightness identify correctly seem richer and more vivid.
ChromaGen™ lenses can realistically expect to achieve some of the following:
- Improve general colour perception
- Make colours brighter and clearer
- Allow shades of colour, previously unseen, to be observed and discriminated
- Assist colour naming
- Enhance safety (e.g. more easily identify traffic lights and brake lights)
- Improve performance in some colour vision tests
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the ability to learn to read, write and spell. It often runs in families and stems from a difficulty in processing the sounds in words. It is estimated that 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK alone has some degree of dyslexia. The signs and symptoms of dyslexia vary from person to person, and also for different age groups, but they may include:
Reading and writing very slowly this can be because;
- Words may move around on the paper
The words may run into each other
- Confusing the order of letters in words
- Putting letters the wrong way round – such as writing “b” instead of “d”
- Having poor or inconsistent spelling
- Understanding information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that’s written down
- Finding it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
- Struggling with planning and organisation
However, people with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.
Some people with dyslexia also have other problems not directly connected to reading or writing, such as:
- Difficulties with numbers (dyscalculia)
- Poor short-term memory
- Problems concentrating and a short attention span, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Poor organisation and time-management
- Physical coordination problems (developmental coordination disorder, also called DCD or dyspraxia)
As mentioned before, all of these can be grouped together to be classed as ASD.
ChromaGen™and reading difficulties
ChromaGen™ has been clinically proven to dramatically improve accuracy of reading, writing and comprehension.
It is believed that with patients suffering from academic skills disorders, there is a problem with the wiring circuit (magnocellular pathway) to the brain. The magnocellular pathway comprises large nerve cells and these form a path from the eye to the brain. It is thought that these pathways differ in people with a reading disorder from those without.
ChromaGen™ filters re-synchronise and electively change the speed of the information in the pathways to enable sufferers to improve their reading ability, handwriting and spelling. Even where an existing reading programme is in place ChromaGen™ can accelerate results. Working alongside other methods of tuition ChromaGen™ helps to realise patients’ full potential.
In some cases ChromaGen™ has been known to help in Dyspraxia (clumsiness) and Migraine sufferers.
In all cases ChromaGen™ filters have to be individually prescribed as everyone has slightly different requirements.