Irlen Syndrome


GLASSES HELP BRAIN PROCESS VISUAL INFORMATION–from the show “The Doctors”.

Watch Helen Irlen on the Bulletproof Executive Podcast, explaining Irlen Syndrome and the Irlen Method.

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What is Irlen Syndrome?

  • Visual-perceptual disorder: neurologically based, visual cortex, transient, or magnocellular deficit
  • Genetic predisposition: affecting males and females equally
  • Symptoms varied and environmentally induced
  • Severity is on a continuum from slight to severe
  • Environmental stressors: lighting; contrast, colors, patterns; amount of print on page; demands for continuous performance; demands for comprehension; print size, style, and format
  • Not identified by standardized tests
  • Not a method of instruction


Who has Irlen Syndrome?

  • 46% of those with specific learning disabilities and reading problems
  • 33% of individuals misdiagnosed with AD/HD, Dyslexia, and/or behavior problems
  • 12-14% of general population, gifted, and good readers
  • 70% of individuals with head injury, concussion, or whip lash
  • 80% Individuals with autism
  • Certain medical/visual conditions

 

Symptoms

 

LIGHT SENSITIVITY

Discomfort or difficulty concentrating or working under bright lights or fluorescent lights. Also bothered by glare, sunlight, or driving at night.

INEFFICIENT READING

Skipping words or lines, loses place, misreading words, reading lines from above or below, repeating lines, weak comprehension, or rereading for comprehension.

SLOW READING RATE

Inability to read letters, numbers, musical notes, or words in groups. Problems tracking, correctly identifying words, or ability to skim/speed read.

ATTENTION DEFICIT

Problems concentrating while reading or doing school work. May have difficulty staying on task, take breaks, look away, become restless, fidgety, or tired.

STRAIN OR FATIGUE

Feeling strain, tension, fatigue, sleepy, watery eyes, eyes that hurt, ache, feel sandy, scratchy, getting headaches, or feeling nauseous, dizzy, anxious, fidgety or irritable with reading and other perceptual activities.

POOR DEPTH PERCEPTION

Inability to accurately judge distance or spatial relationships. May be unsure or have difficulty with escalators, stairs, ball sports, or driving.

 

What problems can Irlen Syndrome Cause?

  • Light Sensitivity: fluorescent lights, bright lights, glare, night blindness
  • Physical Symptoms: dizziness, fatigue, headaches/migraines, stomachaches
  • Academic Difficulties: handwriting, spelling, math, geometry, composition writing, note taking, copying, and reading maps
  • Difficulties using: whiteboards, overheads, computers/typewriters, maps, charts, books, music, scantron sheets
  • Sports Performance
  • Depth Perception
  • Eye Tracking
  • Driving
  • Behavior Problems
  • Distractibility
  • ADHD

 

Research Conducted on the Irlen Method

  • Research on Headaches and Migraines. (Read more)
  • Research on Traumatic Brain injuries. (Read more)
  • Research on Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. (Read more)
  • FAQ’s on Irlen Syndrome & Irlen Method. (Read more)

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