Professor Bruce Evans and Professor Arnold Wilkins both UK vision scientists designed an experiment to dismiss Irlen lenses as being of benefit to children with reading disabilities. At the end of their experiment (1995) they had proved a positive effect. 5% of the population have severe scotopic sensitivity (Meares Irlen syndrome) and another 15% were helped by filter lenses. There were positive effects for some migraine sufferers and the autistic. The modern apparatus for diagnosing which filter is required is the Wilkins Colorimeter and this is extensively practiced by optometrists in the UK and is taught in their Optometric University degrees. The British Government is considering subsiding the filter lenses due to the dramatic difference they can make to children who are failing within the education system. Matthew Auckland New Zealand Optometrist
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