Irlen Screening

Irlen Syndrome Screening and Testing is provided for those that have difficulty with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADD), headaches, autism and traumatic brain injury.

Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing deficit caused by varying factors including genetics, head injuries, and inflammatory processes such as Lyme disease. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. When you have Irlen Syndrome you may experience anxiety, difficulty with focus, or migraines as your brain attempts to properly process visual information. People with Irlen Syndrome also commonly experience light sensitivity.

For most people, reading black characters on a white background isn’t a problem. But for people with Irlen syndrome, or scotopic sensitivity, reading can be disorienting or even painful. In severe cases, words can transform into a confusing, disorganized sea of letters. Others see objects as closer or farther away than they are, or in different locations entirely. Symptoms compare with those of sports-related concussions.

Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:
• Academic and work performance
• Behavior
• Attention
• Ability to sit still
• Concentration

People experience a wide variety of symptoms from Irlen Syndrome. Some of the often-seen symptoms include:
• Sensitivity to light – especially sunlight and fluorescent light
• Problems with concentration when reading, often misdiagnosed as ADD
• Headaches
• Complaining of eye pain
• Eyes watering or complaining of dryness
• Difficulty writing neatly or staying on the line
• Difficulty with depth perception

Dr. Helen Irlen, founder of the Irlen Method, discovered that colored overlays can be used to filter out the wavelengths of light that are bothersome. If you use these overlays while reading, they can eliminate the brightness and distortion issues. It is important to visit a certified Irlen Screener to determine the right treatment for you.

Miranda Makary, B.S., R.N. from Amen Clinics Washington D.C. describes what Irlen Syndrome is, how it can affect one’s life, as well as treatment options:

What Is Irlen Syndrome?

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