Last week I decided to take advantage of my college's free dyslexia testing and booked myself in.
I'd had these sorts of symptoms:
Dizzines/ Nausia when reading and using my laptop
Dizziness/Nausia/Pain when under flourescent lighting (eg; in the supermarket or in class)
Strain in all lighting, and difficulty finding a comfortable lighting (even when just walking around in the daylight I am strained and dizzy)
Migranes/Eye based headaches
Everything seeming too bright
Difficulty looking at or focusing on anything white, or anything patterned
After talking to the person screening me for a while, he said it sounded as though I had severed Meares-Irlen Syndrome, and that sadly the college couldn't help, but I could get help outside of college. He also gave me a pink filter for my book, which is handy when reading, but obviously doesn't help with the pain the rest of the time!
Well, I've been looking into it, and I've found a couple of ways of doing it.
I could go for Irlen testing (http://www.irleneast.com), which is going to end up costing me about £300 just for diagnosis, then a further £90 to get any lenses I have tinted, I'd have to also find the money for frames seperatly.
Or I could have tinted lenses fitted at an optitians using this method - http://www.ceriumoptical.com/index.aspx
The second option will work out cheaper by at least a couple of hundred pounds, so obviously I'd prefer to go down that route, but I am really worried they'll only be able to help me with glasses for reading....
Is the Irlen testing worth the extra money? Has anyone gone the optitians route with bad Meares-Irlen and found their glasses are fine for wearing all the time and help with everything else (normal day to day walking around, shopping, bright lights etc)?
I've been googling my heart out but just can't seem to find any reviews of either method :(
Any help really is very much so appreciated - I've been suffering with this a long time, it's been really debilitating to the point where I can't even really go out because of the dizziness and nausia spells.
I've cross-posted a little, I hope someone can help me!