“Spotlight on ChromaGen (Part 2)” – Tips4EyeDocs Daily – 02 Feb 2012 -No 42

The “Spotlight on ChromaGen (Part 2) brings you a personal story of a user of these lenses who also is a teacher. Michelle Potter is currently an ESL (ELL) teacher in Houston, Texas and has been in education for over 30 years. Many of her hobbies include reading, gardening and needle crafts. She enjoys going on paleontological and archeological digs.

1. Describe what kinds of problems that a teacher could identify or suspect as suitable for a solution by ChromaGen?

Most teachers can identify when a student has trouble reading letters, but few suspect trouble with numbers. When a teacher notices a student is regularly switching numbers or letters, becomes tired, or complains of head aches or eye pain, teachers should refer the student to the nurse or parent for an eye exam. If the exam reveals little or no vision problems, then it’s time for dyslexia testing. This unfortunately is not recognized by education as a disability, therefore, discussing filters and or ChromaGen as a solution is a next step. The middle school and high school students will be especially glad, considering that using a page filter is “embarrassing”.

2. How could the effect ChromaGen solution be measured or evaluated?

Measuring the effect of a ChromaGen lenses solution would stem from the student’s use of the ChromaGen lenses and the increase in learning. You can also measure the students ability to focus without pain, as well as taking a look at their test results in the class room.

3. From your experience with ChromaGen, what are 3 messages/tips would you like to say to a parent?

a. My reading and entering of numerical data is more accurate

b. I have a significant decline in headaches and eye fatigue, while using the computer.
c. A tip for parents would be to monitor your child’s computer use, because wearing these lenses will cause late night computer games, rather than homework. 🙂

ChromaGen,  http://ireadbetternow.com/, appears to be changing the lives of children and parents across the country. Teachers, by lot, a very cautious group, are slowly working hand-in-hand with eye care professionals who take a sincere interest in improving the learning capabilities of students.

About Richard Hom OD, MPA

Dr. Hom holds Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Public Administration degrees and practices family eye care and consults on public policy, health information technology and program evaluation.
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