Letter From A Parent
My daughter has Meares-Irlen Syndrome [Visual Stress]. It never crossed my mind that such a healthy, charming, intelligent child would have a Syndrome. I knew she struggled to read, and that she suffered torments when asked to read out loud in class. I knew her spelling was bad, but her teachers in the early 70ís and 80ís were not unduly concerned about correct spelling, and despite her struggle she remained in the top set at school and got a good degree at University.
Nothing I did seemed to help, I was at a loss to know what to do. I was concerned and couldnít understand why she was struggling, I blamed her father and the Ďflash cardí reading method that had been adopted when she started school.
I didnít know how difficult it was for her to read until she had found the cure.
She told me that she had been assessed for a colour overlay and that something magic had happened. The words on the page had stopped wiggling about and she could focus on more than one or two words at one time. For the first time in her life she could read for pleasure, and itís a miracle.
The change that this has made in her life can be measured in the thickness of the books she reads, great tomes that she would never have tackled without her coloured lenses, and also in the subtle change in her well being, but at the same time this revelation has caused justifiable anger at the way she had to compete with children at school and later at University with her peers whose words did not wiggle about on the page. They did not see her words which, it seems to me, must have been like trying to read words written in raindrops running down window panes.
In retrospect it all makes perfect sense, why my daughter struggled is easy to understand now, but at the time it was a total mystery. There is no need for parents and children to go through the frustration and misery that we (in our different ways) went through. No child should have to look back on their education and wonder what might have been.
Mrs M. Eason, Co. Durham
A Childs-eye view
When I look at the page I see lots of different patterns, running in between different words. I also see coloured clouds on the page, this distracts me from my reading. However, when my glasses are on all these problems disappear and I can read fluently. When I didn't have my glasses I was in all the lower groups in most lessons, but now I'm in top groups for everything!