How can you be tested to find the right coloured tints for yourself when you have an extreme sensitivity to colour?
When I was tested by an Irlen diagnostician I had quite an extreme reaction to most of the lenses. Just picking them up in my hands I would feel a change in my nervous system. This could be anything from a knot in my gut to tightness in my arms.
My Irlen Story
In my first diagnostic I felt really fortunate to find one pair of lenses that I didn’t react to – more than that, they felt pretty good – so I purchased them. I waited 2 weeks for my lenses and when they arrived they still felt good.
A month passed and my glasses started not feel so good . It felt like the light had changed as it was later in the summer now so I went through the process again. And like the last time, I found one pair of tints that worked for me with the light. 4 months later they didn’t feel so good. We were well into the light of Autumn. I found myself going through the process again. And true to form I found one pair of tints that worked.
So . . . now I had 3 pairs of glasses and I decided to record the days when I could wear them. After charting for a while I was disappointed to see that there were lots of days when they didn’t feel right. It felt as if there was some sort of interference but I didn’t know what.
A Surprising Solution
After a winter of no glasses we arrived in spring and the days started to get brighter. I felt quite defeated, I started to talk about the blue light and how it was bothering me. This was when my husband suggested I get some glasses to block the blue light. I went on Amazon and looked at the array of blue blocking glasses. I thought ‘How would these ever work with me as I am so super sensitive?’ I chose a random pair in a random style somewhat half-heartedly. They arrived the next day and I was really scared to try them knowing how bad it can feel if I wear the wrong Irlen glasses. but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I dared to put them on. I was pretty amazed that I actually wanted to keep them on! Things looked very clear and I felt more alive somehow like I was suddenly watching TV in high definition.
I now have 3 pairs of blue blocking glasses – one for more violet days, one for more blue days and one for warmer dimmer lights. They all eliminate all of the unpleasant symptoms that I have been suffering with for many years. They are all just glasses that I bought off the shelf that I tried and tested myself.
What I have learnt
Whereas the Irlen glasses seemed to warm things up and bring out the reds, the blocking glasses block the blues. This eliminates my unpleasant symptoms and allows me to take in all the red I need. From my experience I am deducing that I naturally see too much blue and violet.
What I am curious about
Whereas I always rejected the yellow Irlen tints, not even wishing to pick the lenses up off the table, I now have 3 pairs of glasses with yellow tints that I wear happily.
My blocking glasses have anti UV and anti-reflective coatings. Now I don’t know how these change my vision but they change the fact that I can manage the yellow. it is as if the yellow is trapped in the coatings distancing me from it, preventing me from reacting. I still don’t really like just seeing my glasses on the table but when I put them on I feel good.
It is all about the coatings!