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.
DIAGNOSIS OVERVIEW & BOOK
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. 🙂
DIAGNOSIS OF SCOTOPIC SENSITIVITY SYNDROME/LIGHT SENSITIVITY/SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDER
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”.)
DIAGNOSIS OF VISUAL AGNOSIAS/SENSORY PERCEPTUAL DISORDER
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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”
DIAGNOSIS OF LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
- Dyslexia – Problems with reading and writing, skipping text, slow to process words on the page, shimmering of text.
- Dyscalculia – Problems with all aspects of maths – processing numbers and symbols – Other issues include From Agnosia and Dysgraphia
Paul Isaacs 2014