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Tinted Lenses – Autism, Visual Fragmentation, Visual Agnosias & Learning Difficulties


Me with Tinted Lenses

Me with Tinted Lenses


Note – This is my personal experiences of Tinted Lenses, Visual Fragmentation, Visual Agnosias & Learning Difficulties 

Until 2012 I have lived in a world with was visually fragmented, I saw everything in pieces faces, bodies, objects, my whole visual field was distorted, my writing was not very good nor was my processing of words and numbers. I live in world before “meaning” – so getting semantics was and at times is difficult for me.


I was diagnosed in 2012 by James Billett who I have also co-authored a book called “Life Through A Kaleidoscope”  in 2013 – I’m very grateful for his help guidance and  wisdom, he is a kind thoughtful person who takes a person centred approach to every person he sees. 🙂  What lenses have done is help me integrate and “generalise” images in “real-time” I still have no visual memory that is to do with brain injury at the back of my brain but it has made a positive and productive difference to how I move around and “map” visuals – amazing. 🙂


I find it hard to track visuals in harsh light that includes day-light at times the light further distorts the images in front of me, they are tursch and flat with no depth it took until the age 27 to understand the concepts of foreground and background (but I still resort to processing “bigger” and smaller”.)


  1. Prosopagnosia – Faces to me are pieces, fragments, blocks of colour and shimmering movement I cannot piece the whole visually nor in my mind as I have no visual memory to do so.
  2. Simultagnosia – I see only “pieces” of my visual field, fragments of information, pieces of visual information such as bits of people, objects, movement again I cannot “generalise” what I’m looking at.
  3. Semantic Agnosia – I see without meaning and my primary form of “communication” is to touch, lick, sniff, rub, tap my surroundings to understand what is in front of me this includes sculpting faces
  4. Visual-Verbal Agnosia – Reading text without meaning – I may get the phonics right but retain no meaning from what I’m reading much like “written echolalia”


  1. Dyslexia – Problems with reading and writing, skipping text, slow to process words on the page, shimmering of text.
  2. Dyscalculia – Problems with all aspects of maths  – processing numbers and symbols  – Other issues include From Agnosia and Dysgraphia                                                

Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

8 thoughts on “Tinted Lenses – Autism, Visual Fragmentation, Visual Agnosias & Learning Difficulties

  1. I truly believe every Autistic person deserves the same opportunity in life. I am the mother of a wonderful young man whom Iv always believed in & always will.

  2. Hi Paul. I teach kids with autism, FAS, and other learning issues in BC Canada. My greatest teachers have been the kids that I teach-for helping me to learn how they perceive the world. I could live 27 life times, and still not know enough. I believe that if I learn more, I can be more, and do more for my beloved students. Special education has been a love affair for a lifetime, and every day my students make my soul sing in some way. Thank you for your work, your care, and your heart, in helping me understand more about how my beloved students navigate this complicated world.

    • Dear Margo

      Thank you all profiles are unique and different, so different strategies for learning and communicating are needed – My profile is my profile (so in other words I can only speak about my profile) so its a learning curve for everybody. 🙂

      Kindest regards


  3. Paul can you help us with International Irlen Awareness Week 10/20-24 activities and getting the word out to those in your networks?? Any ideas on how we can support others to learn about Irlen Method and Irlen Syndrome?

    • Hi I think more awareness is needed, schools, educational services and the workplace to help with positive integration of people with visual issues of this nature.

      • Any practical ideas on how to get people who are benefitting from Irlen tints to powerfully educate others

      • Hi Rose coloured glasses – I suppose the more people who blog, share, write books about their empowering experiences with tinted the lenses the more people will be aware of the benefits for the people who need them. Thanks for the comment kindest regards Paul

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