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New lenses offer hope to visually impaired
Posted October 17, 2012 By DFW Reporting

It is the beginning of the school year and for many students, that can be a very trying time. Visually impaired students struggle with tasks like reading, and seeing the board. That’s why a company called ChromaGen™ has developed colored lenses that are correcting some vision impairments.

The colored lenses, or filters, allows the eyes to work together better by slowing down the information pathway to the brain. It’s a theory that’s been around for twenty years. The ChromaGen™ evaluation starts with a child or individual reading groups of twenty words, placed randomly on a card for two minutes. The physicians listen for fluency, skipping words, mispronunciation, or reversing letters.

Then sixteen filters are placed in front of each eye. The child is asked to choose which filter makes words easier to see and pronounce. The reading test is repeated with the different colored lenses on. Some experts say the results of the tests are improved by between twenty to one hundred percent, allowing students to pass more standardized tests and improving grades and confidence.

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