Colour­ful so­lu­tion to read­ing prob­lems

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Commercial - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

A COM­PANY is man­u­fac­tur­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new ma­chine which could help mil­lions of peo­ple to im­prove their read­ing.

Op­ti­cal com­po­nent man­u­fac­turer Cerium, based in Ap­ple­dore Road, Ten­ter­den, of­fi­cially launched its new mark three ver­sion of the In­tu­itive Colourime­ter at a cer­e­mony in Lon­don, along­side its cre­ator Pro­fes­sor Arnold Wilkins.

The in­stru­ment, which the com­pany has spent 12 years help­ing to re­search and re­fine af­ter re­ceiv­ing a grant from the Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil, is to be sold to op­tometrists around the world.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, it iden­ti­fies a colour which could im­prove a per­son’s read­ing.

Those who suf­fer from read­ing prob­lems – some­times akin to the strobe ef­fect of wavy lines on the eye – can be helped thanks to the in­clu­sion of a cer­tain colour. This means that tinted lenses can be added to glasses, even to plain glass in the case of those who do not nor­mally wear spec­ta­cles.

Gen­eral man­ager Claire Arm­strong said: “I have seen chil­dren who have gone from read­ing 12 words a minute to 80 words a minute with just a colour in a lens.”

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Claire Arm­strong, of Cerium, with the new mark three In­tu­itive Colourime­ter

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