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Coloured Glasses (cont.)

For me, I found the glasses very easy to wear and right from the start, they made my life easier. I think this was because I have relatively minor sensory difficulties, and in particular, I was not missing huge chunks of information to start with. However, for other people who have significant sensory issues, they might not ordinarily be able to see things such as trees moving or see in 3D. Starting to wear the glasses causes for them to be initially overwhelmed as they are suddenly being presented with much more information than usual. This might make the person tired at first, and not want to wear the glasses all the time. However, as the brain adapts to all this additional information and grows some new pathways to deal with it, the tiredness and overwhelm decreases, and the glasses start to make things easier instead of harder.

 

It is important to realise that you cannot tell (without going for an assessment) whether these glasses could benefit you or not. It is not wise to think “I don’t have any visual processing/sensory problems so the glasses cannot help me”. I was unaware of all of my visual processing problems listed in the table above. No-one can sit inside anyone else’s head to compare what you are experiencing with what anyone else is experiencing, to be able to judge whether your own perception is “normal” or not. And you would be amazed at the distorted processing that is going on in the heads of some very clever people I know, who were not remotely aware of it.

 

Also, please do not think that because your regular optician has not voiced any concerns, this means you do not have this kind of visual processing problems. Regular opticians are assessing the eyes themselves, but the assessment for coloured lenses is testing the brain, not the eyes. And certainly in autism, it is the brain’s processing of the sensory information that can be misleading, not the sensory organs themselves. One of my friends had been repeatedly sent for eye tests as a child because it was so obvious to people around her that something was wrong. However, none of these eye tests ever found any problems, and yet she is massively sensitive to some colours of light and has huge sensory distortions.

 

I have since recommended these coloured glasses to many of my friends and acquaintances; not just those on the spectrum. The people I know personally who have benefited include those with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, sensory integration dysfunction, magno-cellular processing problems, and some with no labels at all. It seems all our brains work much more efficiently when certain wavelengths of light are blocked, thereby reducing the total amount of sensory input going in.

 

Getting glasses with coloured lenses is really important, because it is not necessary to suffer from an imbalanced and overloaded sensory system! If you are on the spectrum, or if you recognise that you have any of the above issues, please check this out. It may just revolutionise your life. I believe this to be a low risk and potentially massive benefit as an intervention, and therefore well worth a shot. For more information and to arrange an appointment, see: http://www.jordanseyes.com/

 

You can read more about the glasses in my book “Are you Eating an Orange?”.  If you would like a copy, please e-mail me at: debi@aspiedebi.com.

“Can you see and hear me clapping at the same time?”

 

“Of course not; light and sound travel at different speeds!”