Sam from The Eye Lady

Hi, my name is Samantha Fleming

but you can call me Sam and I am an Irlen Diagnostician. This means I hold a special qualification to diagnose and treat Irlen Syndrome, which severely impacts the way people can see. This affects their ability to read and they often see things in 3D, or letters and words can shimmer. Wearing a special type of coloured glasses can correct the way things appear to the person. My role is to correctly diagnose whether an individual does indeed have Irlen Syndrome and then determine the type of colour correcting glasses that can restore normal vision. Treatment plans are individualised as every case is different, but the results are often life-changing.

My Background

Throughout my school years, I struggled with reading, light sensitivity, and migraines, never finding a solution to my on-going struggles. With a great deal of persistence and a lot of support, I studied psychology and linguistics at Massey University while working as a Special Needs Therapist with children with autism.

Although I was born with Irlen Syndrome, it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I discovered what it was and why I hated reading so much. The fatigue and strain was such a challenge. Once I found the proper treatment and glasses, I found I could actually read easily, without the blurred vision, confusion, and exhaustion I’d experienced my whole life.

After completing my studies at university, I had a change of career and entered the optical industry, later qualifying as a dispensing optician. I know all about eyes, glasses, and contact lenses which means I can advise you on the best solution for your needs. After becoming certified and licensed as an Irlen Diagnostician I wanted to share this incredible solution with others so that they could experience the same transformation in their own lives as I had in mine.

Far North’s own Irlen clinic

As the only registered diagnostician with a license to practice in the Far North area, I am passionate about servicing this region to make a difference to the lives of those suffering from Irlen Syndrome. It is often misdiagnosed as dyslexia or other visual processing disorders, which is why I believe it’s so important for individuals with sight difficulties to be correctly diagnosed by a registered professional. Previously connected to Kerikeri Optometrists, Irlen services are now a standalone business. I find it incredibly rewarding being able to transform lives and give people clear, comfortable vision, often for the first time. It is my pleasure to be able to work with you to help you see your best.
Girl with Irlen glasses

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