AN EIGHT-year-old dyslexia sufferer, from Balsall Common, is seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses after being given new specs to help the condition.
Georgia Ameer-Beg, a pupil at Balsall Common Primary School, was diagnosed with dyslexia in January, after struggling with her reading and writing.
A month later, mum Sandy took Georgia to visit optometrist and store director Sukhi Drake at Specsavers in Chelmsley Wood to see if there was anything that could be done to help her daughter’s learning difficulty.
After an assessment, she was prescribed with a pair of pink tinted glasses to help Georgia read and write, who noticed an immediate improvement.
“The words stopped jumping out at me as I tried to read,” she said. “And I love my new specs, they’re cool.”
Sandy said it was still early days but there was ‘no doubt’ the glasses were helping.
“Dyslexics struggle with reading black on white. The white’s too bright so it makes the letters seem to move around more. Dyslexia is something that can be mistaken for laziness and so creating awareness about the condition and the solutions that are available is something I feel strongly about.
“Georgia’s very verbal and understands things very well, her writing just doesn’t reflect her understanding of things. The coloured glasses help. Everyone has a different colour which helps them more. Pink is hers.”
Optometrist Mrs Drake said the store had been offering the visual stress assessment with success for the past year. “Benefits are not restricted just to literacy and language, but can also aid improved well-being, with increased confidence and concentration,” she added.