Assistive technology and tools 
for learning difficulties, migraines 
and other neurological differences 
 

 

Significant Body of Research Should Lead to Acceptance... Should it not?

 

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer , German Philosopher“.

 

The science of using Coloured lenses to relieve visual stress has definitely been referred to as ridiculous. Thanks to the perseverance of Helen Irlen, the earlier researchers in the UK, and now international studies into application of the treatment, the idea is no longer laughed at. Countries in the UK, Australia and NZ have support from their governments, education systems and medical practice.

 

It is, unfortunately, still undergoing opposition and controversy, especially in the US, because the mechanisms are not clearly understood, even though the scientific evidence that this treatment actually works is now in place. The significant body of research continues to grow and validate the treatment of visual stress, in a growing list of conditions, with coloured filters.

 

But for those who have experienced the results first hand, this Truth is in the third stage: the idea is no longer funny, but serious; it is strongly supported and promoted; and accepted as truth. Not just as a personal truth, but as proven fact.

 

As to the future, we wonder how much more proof is needed and how long must we wait for the acceptance and application of solutions by our county’s health and education professionals. Right now, there are children and families suffering when they don’t have to. Right now, there is an easy, drug free, (and yes perhaps seemingly silly) solution right in front of us. Right now, so much could be easier for so many.

 

The idea of seeing the world better through “Rose Coloured Glasses” was not so far off. Seeing the world through colour can definitely make it look better for some. It may just not be Rose that makes the difference, the colour is unique to the individual. So, what colour are you? If not rose, then blue or yellow, or bright green. Don’t laugh, just try it, it certainly can’t hurt.

 

Karen Monet

Managing Director

Opticalm