What is Irlen© Syndrome?

Irlen© Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen© Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests. (https://irlen.com/what-is-irlen-syndrome/, 2017)

Symptoms & Solutions

The Irlen© Method has earned millions of fans by providing a long-term, expertly developed solution to reading problems, headaches, light sensitivity, ADD and ADHD, autism and many other ailments–by directly addressing a core problem: the brain’s inability to process visual information. The symptoms of Irlen© Syndrome are wide-ranging, but the solutions -Irlen© colored overlays and Irlen© Spectral Filters (worn as either glasses or contacts) – are straightforward and available to you. Irlen© addresses the underlying perceptual processing difficulties and light sensitivity that can contribute to reading difficulties, headaches, and attention difficulties. Irlen© also can play a role in the challenges experienced by many individuals who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, autism, concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injury, or who have a misdiagnosis of ADHD. This solution is a treatment for ADD that is non-invasive, a solution for headaches that is immediate, an alternative treatment for autism that addresses sensory overload, and a successful way to combat the light sensitivity and physical symptoms caused by head injury. The Irlen© Method is a straightforward solution that offers immediate results. (https://irlen.com/the-irlen-method/, 2017)

The Irlen© Method

The Irlen© Method is non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information. It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen© Syndrome. The cornerstone of the Irlen© Method is its precision-tinted colored overlays and filters. Irlen© uses advanced color spectrometer technology to ensure that its overlays and colored glasses meet strict standards of color balancing designed to produce the most effective color-correction tool. This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity. This is not a method of reading instruction. It is a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information. (https://irlen.com/about-irlen-institute, 2017)

WARNING: CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN AS MEDICAL CONDITIONS MAY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BEFORE USING COLORED OVERLAYS AND/OR SPECTRAL FILTERED LENS.


Testing & Treatment


Colored Overlays


Colored Filters


What You Can Do

This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity. This is not a method of reading instruction. It is a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information. (https://irlen.com/about-irlen-institute, 2017)

What To Look For

READING PROBLEMS

Poor Comprehension

Misreads words

Reads in dim light

Skips words or lines

Reads slowly or hesitantly

Takes breaks

Loses place

Avoids reading

COMPLAINTS WHILE READING

Tired or sleepy

Eyes hurt, ache, or feel itchy

Headaches or nausea

Fidgety or restless

OTHER SIGNS OF IRLEN©

Rubs eyes

Squints

Blinks

Opens eyes wide

Reads close to the page

Moves closer or further from the page

Videos About Irlen©


Irlen© Reading Improvements


Through My Eyes: Irlen© Syndrome


Irlen© Syndrome ABC4 News


Understanding Irlen© Syndrome and the Irlen© Method


Video on Irlen© Syndrome – Visual Dyslexia


BBC Reports on Irlen© Syndrome