I am proud to be a representative of the Irlen Method in Wichita, KS. I have spent 19 years doing screenings and evaluations for filters in eyeglasses and contacts. I have made money from this practice, but not enough to keep my office open or to retire. On the other hand, the instant gratification I get when listening to a youngster read on grade level with overlays or to hear what they thought was normal before getting the correct lenses is worth any effort on my part. Some people cannot be helped in this way, and I'm proud that the screening lets me know, so that I can recommend other avenues for seriously frustrated parents and students.
When I hear that there are no more migraines, that a child is removed from a "behavior disordered" setting because he or she can control and function in a regular classroom when wearing Irlen filters, I am thrilled. When I hear that teachers send home for some child's glasses because they are not doing well without them (many of these glasses with no prescription other than the color), I celebrate. When I see someone with an essential tremor hold his lenses up with no difficulty during testing, I know that person's life will be different.
Sign up today for free teaching ideas, lesson plans, online activities, tips for your classroom, and much more.
Choose your grade range:
See a sample >