May 26, 2008

Glasses for Dyslexia?

What would you say if I told you that glasses could help your child's dyslexia? Yes, glasses. Dr. Robert Dahlem, in an effort to help his own dyslexic son, has created glasses (called RAD prism) to help children who suffer from this reading disability read better.

The glasses do not correct near or farsightedness. They simply "...redirect light to the inside of the right eye which receives deficient light energy resulting from facial asymmetry that is found to be common in people who have symptoms of dyslexia."

Per his website, Read Fluent, it generally takes 10 - 12 weeks to see a measurable improvement in elementary students reading ability. The site also explains that the person will know within 30 minutes if the RAD Prism glasses are improving their ability to "perceive the written word correctly and consistently."

The theory behind the glasses is the belief that a dyslexic persons eyes are not the same distance from the center of their face. The right eye is believed to always be farther from the center. Therefore, the glasses have a prism in the right lens to make up for the distance. The lens in the left lens is clear plastic.

In an effort to "asses the nature and degree of effectiveness" of the RAD Prism, Dyslexia Solutions Inc., a non-profit company, is conducting a study. The cost to participate ranges from $198 - $288. To learn more about the study go here. You may download the participation application here.

If the following video does not answer all or most of your questions, you can visit Dyslexia Solutions, Inc. frequently asked questions page.


  1. Yet, another person promising to cure dyslexia with glasses or vision therapy. It may help some children but usually these things offer minimal help if at all and drain a lot of money.

  2. Sure would be wonderful if they actually work though. :)

  3. $200 is not a lot compared to the $2000 I spent with that quack in New York City who said that taking Ritelin for a year would help me to spell better. Back to the drawing board on that one. If the glasses can help and be identified as helpful in half an hour all the better.

    Eric Wolf

  4. The R.A.D. Glasses are very effective for
    dyslexics. They are available only from a
    non-profit group ,which is set up to send a kit which is 100% refundable . My son was a
    severe dyslexic and finished with a 4.00 GPA
    in High school. He received a full scholarship to college!! When he was tested
    [before the glasses] we were told to contact a
    brain injury Voc Rehab as he would not be able
    to finish High school. Glad I didn't and searched for the right answer!!!
    What do you have to lose?? Except your child.........and if you are reading this I
    know that is unacceptable and you want answers.
    Read the patent !!! Contact the non-profit at Judge it yourself!!!!!

  5. The top response by D. Herrod
    Obviously, you have not done your homework
    and do not understand the true problem.
    Let people judge a new discovery on it's
    own merit.........dyslexia is currently thought to be an auditory[hearing] problem
    but I have never seen a person read a book
    with their ears!!!! The eyes make common sense.....maybe the eye folks missed something? Maybe you are a eye person?


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