Long-suffering teenager Alex Crellin really does have a new outlook on life.
The 18-year-old from Holmfirth has dyslexia and experienced problems with his eyesight throughout his life, which also meant he struggled to read because the words appeared to ‘move about on the page’.
“I found it hard to focus on different pieces of text,” said Alex. “I had worn glasses since I was four but I’d also been suffering with bad headaches for some years and was using high dosage medication for this.
“It was affecting my school work. I would get a headache and for the rest of the day I couldn’t focus on anything.”
But a chance meeting between Alex’s mum, Debbie, and Huddersfield optician Moin Valli was the first step in a drastic change for the better.
“Moin is a specialist in cases like mine,” Alex said.
“I went to see him at his Honley practice and from the first examination he had pinpointed my specific problems.”
Alex was diagnosed with Visual Stress (also known as Mearles-Irlen Syndrome). He was also found to have astigmatism (rugby ball-shaped cornea) and a fixation disparity, which means he had problems focusing his eyes together.
An Intuitive Colorimeter assessment took place and, following this, Alex was prescribed glasses with a precision tint applied to the lenses. The tints are specific to each patient. In Alex’s case it was a cross between rose and purple and is pink in appearance.
Alex’s vision improved instantly. Reading was easier due to the print appearing clearer and his headaches eased.
“It’s been such a relief,” Alex said. “My specific eye complaints were pinpointed almost straight away for the first time. I had always had reading glasses but they had never been quite right. My new glasses have made a huge difference to my life.”
Alex dreams of becoming an architect. After leaving Huddersfield’s Greenhead College with A-levels, he is now on a foundation degree course at Leeds College of Art.
Mr Valli said: “There are many people suffering the same symptoms as Alex and suffering in silence because they might not have been diagnosed with Visual Stress or know the treatments available.
“But in fact it affects 15per cent of the population. My advice to anyone who recognises Alex’s symptoms in their own eyesight is to book an Intuitive Colorimeter assessment.”