Local optometrist leading way in battle with dyslexia


Kayden helps launch the new service with Noel McCrystal.

A TYRONE optometrist who battled with dyslexia in his youth, is now helping to treat the condition in around 85 per-cent of his patients with the help of state-of-the-art technology and treatments.


Noel McCrystal who runs a practice in Dungannon has invested almost £160,000 in the new equipment and launched a new service called Dyslexia Solutions, believed to be one of the most sophisticated specialist services in the country.

The award-winning eye-care professional is one of the few optometrists in Ireland to have completed ‘Schoolvision’ a diploma which investigates muscular anomalies in the eye.

And he has gone on to develop his own Dyslexia Solutions – an 18-month programme which
combines learnings from Schoolvision with four other techniques to alleviate the majority of symptoms for customers who are dyslexic.

“I fully understand the challenges that can exist with visual stress and dyslexia, having experienced dyslexia throughout my younger years,” said Mr McCrystal.

“Through learnings, trials and advances in technology, I addressed my own dyslexia and since I began to offer services for the treatment of dyslexia in the practice, we’ve witnessed incredible results, helping
around 85 per-cent of clients with dyslexia to see and read more clearly.”

The treatment uses technology such as a Chromagen, Colorimetry and Orthoscopics, combined with the practices of Schoolvision and regular appointments to take customers on a journey where their symptoms of dyslexia begin to gradually disappear.

Mr McCrystal – who became Northern Ireland’s first optician service to receive the NAS Autism-Friendly Award – has also refurbished his existing premises on Scotch Street Centre, Dungannon.


“Since we opened our doors in Dungannon 23 years ago, we have strived to achieve continuous improvement and innovation within our services, our premises and in the skill base across our whole team,” he said.

“Continuing to develop our business through our recent refurbishment and the launch of Dyslexia Solutions marks the next chapter for McCrystal Opticians and adds to our reputation as a forward-thinking, innovative and family-friendly practice.”

In 2017, McCrystal Opticians was named as ‘Family Optician of the Year’ in the UK and Ireland at the Optician Awards.

• For more information on the Dyslexia Solutions programme, call 028 8772 2379 or email


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