Colored Lenses May Make and Impact

Colored Lenses in Glasses can enhance performance in everyday activities and in sports

Colored lenses and tinted screen savers do not need to break your wallet. Until I am sure I want to invest in quality lenses for the sports I in which I participate or the before bed television I watch, I am busy testing clearance sunglasses from Foster Grant. Thankfully, in Minnesota January they were being cleared out of Walmart at $2.00 a pair, so picking up a few different hues and colors was not a huge investment.

Foster Grant sunglasses yellow with pink colored lenses

Did I change my life with colored lenses?

  • For my television night viewing, I have been testing the colored lenses in these $2 a pair sunglasses and the yellow gradients into pink lenses I would not wear in public surprisingly soothed my eyes when viewing TV later in the evening.
  • For my computer screen, I downloaded and have been testing software from Iris Tech a Bulgarian company. I really like the product and as a graphic designer, I have been pleased with the results because when I am working with photos it is easy to turn the Iris software on and off.
  • For my android smartphone, and I will admit I may be one of those people who checks the phone 150 times a day, so I downloaded the Twilight app and have set it to follow the sun for the area I live in. My phone is bright and blue in the morning and moves to a pink and finally much darker pink later in the night.

Transition and change in the lives of the adults I love dearly comes slowly and at a price. My strategy has always been to test the water until I understand and find comfort in it and then slowly introduce the new concepts or procedures.

Pink tinted colored lenses block blue light and may help with electronic device work or leisure. Red-tinted lenses have been demonstrated to significantly reduce migraine pain in as little as 10 seconds, making dark red glasses the ideal solution for quick migraine relief. Note, however, that full red tint may be too dark for everyday activities.

A literature review done by The College of Optometrist in 2002 based on early research completed between 1970-2000 concludes that the use of a glare source during assessments and a trial in the real world may isolate more people who can benefit from tinted lenses. With regard to the use of tinted and colored lenses in low-vision it must be re-emphasized that many studies are poorly designed and do not adequately control for investigator bias or placebo, learning and fatigue effects.

The Irlen Institute has worked with over a million people using color lenses and filters

Helen L. Irlen is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, therapist, scholar, and expert in the area of visual-perceptual problems.  Over 20 years ago, research directed her to a federal research grant to study methods to help children and adults with reading and learning difficulties.  One important discovery was that a subgroup of individuals benefited from color acetate overlays.

  • The Irlen® Institute website has self-tests available
  • There is also an Irlen® colored overlays app for electronic devices.

Irlen believes that about 33% of those individuals with problems of attention, concentration, starting tasks, completing tasks, sitting still, and working under fluorescent lights can be helped by the Irlen Method. Irlen® Filters may be a drug-free alternative.

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