A Specialised Clinical Test

So what is Colorimetry?

‘Intuitive Colorimetry’ is a specialised clinical test that we offer to determine if a patient would benefit from using a specific precision tint for use in spectacles, with or without a prescription.

If the results are positive, the test indicates the ideal tint. The colour and depth of the tint required is different for everyone.

It is recommended to have a sight examination first with one of our optometrists, who may then recommend whether colorimetry is likely to be of benefit.

The optometrist will review the results of the colorimetry with each individual.

Who could benefit from Colorimetry?

Sheinman have the most up to date Colorimeter. The latest computer software allows us to achieve the most precise results.


Dyslexic patients can sometimes experience a dramatic and life-changing improvement in the comfort, clarity and fluency of their reading. For others it can be less dramatic, but still greatly improves their comfort and stamina for reading and writing. We are working alongside local schools and colleges to help their students in this way and we have found that those using coloured overlays benefit from Colorimetry testing.

Visual Stress

Many patients also benefit if they suffer from ‘pattern glare’ or ‘visual stress’ when reading and writing (or using computer screens and other mobile devices, such as iPads and mobile phones). This is true even if they have not been diagnosed with dyslexia. Such patients comment that these tasks are made much easier and more comfortable with the precision tint, and that they feel less tired and more efficient.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism can also be dramatically helped in many cases, and a precision tint is thought to be of significant benefit in at least 80% of such patients!


Migraine is another problem that can be significantly improved with Colorimetry and a precision tint. During the test it usually becomes very obvious if the tint will help, as there can be a marked improvement in comfort noticed by the patient with the correct tint, and a reduction in the visual trigger to migraine can be expected to follow.


What do i do during the colorimetry?

The patient will look inside the Colorimeter at some text. They will then be shown a wide range of colour options and they will decide if any colour is of help. This process will accurately find the tint needed. The test can be done by patients of any age and is fully guided by our clinical assistants.

What next?

Many of the above difficulties can be helped or alleviated with an accurate up to date spectacle prescription so you should start by booking a sight test with Sheinman Opticians and mention your interest in Colorimetry.

If your sight test is due and you are entitled to a free eye examination this would be covered by the N.H.S, e.g. student under 19, diabetic, over 60 or you receive benefits. To see whether you are eligible for a free eye examination on the NHS click here.

If it appears that you may also benefit from Intuitive Colorimetry, this will be discussed during the sight test. The fee for the Colorimetry test is currently £120.00, and the results are reviewed with your optometrist afterwards, before any spectacles are dispensed.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you would like more information, or would like to book an appointment, please telephone Sheinman Opticians on 01604 626161, and our friendly professional team will be delighted to help you.

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