Significant Body of Research Should
Lead to Acceptance... Should it not?
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it
is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. “
, German Philosopher“.
The science of using Coloured lenses to relieve visual stress has
definitely been referred to as ridiculous. Thanks to the perseverance of
Helen Irlen, the earlier researchers in the UK, and now international studies into application of the
treatment, the idea is no longer laughed at. Countries in the UK,
Australia and NZ have support from their governments, education systems and medical
It is, unfortunately, still undergoing opposition and controversy,
especially in the US, because the mechanisms are not clearly understood,
even though the scientific evidence that this treatment actually works is now in place. The significant body of research continues to grow and validate the treatment of visual
stress, in a growing list of conditions, with coloured filters.
But for those who have experienced the results first hand,
this Truth is in the third stage: the idea is no longer funny, but serious; it is strongly supported and
promoted; and accepted as truth. Not just as a personal truth, but as proven fact.
As to the future, we wonder how much more proof is needed and how long must
we wait for the acceptance and application of solutions by our county’s health and education
professionals. Right now, there are children and families suffering when
they don’t have to. Right now, there is an easy, drug free, (and yes
perhaps seemingly silly) solution right in front of us. Right now, so much could be easier for so
The idea of seeing the world better through “Rose Coloured Glasses” was not
so far off. Seeing the world through colour can definitely make it look
better for some. It may just not be Rose that makes the difference, the colour is unique to the
individual. So, what colour are you? If not rose, then blue or yellow, or bright green. Don’t laugh, just try it, it certainly can’t hurt.