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New Lenses Provide Relief For Dyslexia Sufferers

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) - Ground-breaking new technology is in sight for those suffering from dyslexia.

Eye doctors say you could have 20-20 vision and still not be able read the words on the page, but new eyeglasses are bringing life-changing results to young and old.

Chloe Broyles, 10, doesn't see words like most people do.

"The vowels would just pop up and the other words would just shrink," said Chloe.

It made things so difficult for Chloe that she didn't even want to read in school.

"I would start to get dizzy, get frustrated," she said.

Her grades began to suffer as a result.

"She was spiraling down. She was getting Fs. We didn't know what we were going to do," said Chloe's mother Jessica Broyles.

Chloe's vision was 20-20, but a visit to Dr. Thomas Swanson in Roseville made everything clear. Chloe has dyslexia, a problem with no real solution, until now.

ChromaGen lenses are a brand new technology now available for the first time in Northern California.

"They were able to alter the wavelength of light that is entered in the eye, and it made the brain all of a sudden see better," said Swanson.

Using the colors, the lenses block out certain wavelengths from entering the eyes so they both can agree.

"The brain now doesn't have to struggle. Everything just stands out normal to them," said Swanson. "It was really amazing. When I first heard this I was really skeptical."

A study found that out of 150 students, 72 percent could read better with the lenses. Linda Johnson has been unknowingly living with dyslexia for 60 years.

"I was frustrated in school. I cried all the time. I couldn't comprehend things. I felt stupid," she said.

She says the lenses changed her life.

"When I put the glasses on, I can just take a deep breath," said Johnson.

In the first three months after getting her lenses, Chloe jumped three grade levels in reading and now doesn't mind picking up a good book.

Since the glasses are new to the market, they are not yet typically covered by insurance.

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