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Autism -Myopia (Short Sightedness), Visual Agnosias & Tinted Lenses

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OVERVIEW

As a child I appeared both deaf and blind due to complex visual and auditory agnosias which affect how I “see” and “hear”  the world, when I was 5 years old I was diagnosed with shortsightedness (myopia) in my right eye and given glasses what this blog is going to go through is the the differences between and physical sight issues and neurological  percuta sight issues and in my case how they can co-exist, what worked and what didn’t.

MyopiaSHORT SIGHTEDNESS AND CONVENTIONAL GLASSES

In my right eye I have slightly  blurred vision this is due to a condition of the eye called myopia, this can be “corrected” either by eye glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. I had conventional glasses at 5 years old, however by “correcting” the physical aspect of my right eye it  didn’t “correct” the complex neurological  aspect – visual agnosias – and this what was still persistent during my years with conventional glasses – which are

 

Brain Lobe 2VISUAL AGNOSIAS – “BLINDNESS” IN THE BRAIN CONVENTIONAL GLASSES DIDN’T HELP MY VISUAL PERCEPTUAL ISSUES

Visual agnosia is often due to bilateral damage in the posterior occipital and/or temporal lobe in the brain

With my conventional glasses all the problems were still there all during my educational years I had problems with visual fragmentation only seeing “pieces” never “wholes”, not seeing depth (everything seeming flat and 2D, not seeing with meaning, reading with meaning,  letters and numbers being jumbled, my sense of body was “fragmented” and where my body was in space, time and movement even with my right eye “corrected” I was neurologically “blind” to the right side of my body and what I was “seeing” – as I have stated in previous posts because of my visual agnosias I live in a sensory based world.

CONVENTUAL GLASSES CAUSED

  • Headaches
  • Heightened Fragmentation
  • Increased Fatigue
  • Decreased Concentration

TINTED LENSES – FITTED 2012

With years of having conventional glasses I was diagnosed formally with scotopic sensitivity syndrome, visual agnosias and learning difficulties by James Billett when I first tried my tinted lenses on it was like magic in many ways as I saw things wholes, my balance and body language improved instantly, words and letters where configured more, I read faster processing words quicker and numbers quicker, I moved better in space and could process visuals in light.

CONCLUSION

From a personal perspective myopic vision and visual agnosias both play apart in the way I perceives the world however I would say the agnosias had the greater impact in my case as my Mum thought I was totally blind in my younger years, but I’m glad that although shortsightedness was recognised that eventually my visual perceptual disorders where finally recognised too, maybe we need to look at folks on the spectrum who have both issues with their eyes and visual processing and see what works best for them for me personally  conventional glasses didn’t work but tinted lenses do.

 

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014

 

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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 staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

2 thoughts on “Autism -Myopia (Short Sightedness), Visual Agnosias & Tinted Lenses

  1. Helpful article, thank you 🙂 I am Autistic too and will definitely be looking into this myself. You say it even helped your co-ordination? I am always covered in bruised from bumping into things.

    • Hi Erica

      As apart of my Autism Profile – I have problems with recognising my body in space and I’m also less heavy footed with tints on that is to do with depth. 🙂 Kindest regards Paul

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