Simple fix for reading problems

Simple fix for reading problems
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A simple fix to an age-old problem - reading comprehension. There can be many causes, but one local family said the fix was as simple as a colored filter.

Lexi Moss loves practicing for cheerleading and getting good grades. She's in the 8th grade and during the Carmel school year, her days get long.

"She is spending two, three hours a night on homework and she wants to be at the gym two, three, four hours," said Lexi's mother Chris Moss.

That hard work paid off and Lexi has an "A" average, but her mom felt like the hours she spent doing homework seemed excessive.

"What would take my son ten minutes to do a project it would take her two hours. Not an exaggeration."

Lexi also had headaches when reading.

"The words would jump out and be kind of blurry and double lines and hard to read and I didn't really understand what I was reading," Lexi explained.

Doctors at Ossip suspected her eyes weren't in sync, causing double words, double sentences and even floating words. They thought she might be a good candidate for a new product called ChromaGen Lenses for those with dyslexia and reading issues.

"When the brain is receiving the images from whatever you are reading, it will receive the image at a different rate from the left eye versus the right eye," Karen Bickel, O.D., explained. "What the lens do - we actually call them filters - is they equalize the time it takes for those images to get to the brain, therefore the eyes work together, the brain interprets the data and she is able to read at a more fluid level."

They look like sunglasses. The filter on Lexi's left eye is lighter than her right, but put together, she can read about Harry Potter no problem.

"The first words out of her mouth were, 'Mom, the words aren't moving. I don't understand.'"

Bickel said the improvement is instantaneous, the filter required won't change over a lifetime and symptoms of headache, tiredness and confusion reading go away.

"I was one of those people-- I was skeptical in the beginning as well....After seeing patients put these on, I was transformed. I was big believer."

"I think I am going to get a lot more accomplished and faster with these new glasses," added Lexi.

For Lexi, it means more confidence, hopefully more time tumbling with her fellow cheerleaders and more time to read for fun. Lexi saw the movie, but now she looks forward to reading "The Fault in Our Stars."