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Irlen Syndrome: Do you struggle with handwriting, spelling, comprehension & eye strain?

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

What is Irlen Syndrome?

Irlen Syndrome, also referred to as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and Visual Stress, is a visual perception 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 cannot be identified with optical assessments, standardised educational assessments or medical tests.

Do you experience one or more of the following?

  • Reading difficulties

  • Headache or migraines

  • Sensitive to light

  • Poor concentration

One or more of the above are consequences of Irlen Syndrome.

Do you have any of the following?

  • Eye strain while reading

  • To reread to understand

  • Untidy handwriting

  • Spelling difficulties

Any of the above are commonly associated with Irlen Syndrome.

Signs & Symptoms of Irlen Syndrome

  • Sensitivity to Light

  • Reading Difficulties

  • Distortions with Print

  • Spelling Problems

  • Delayed Learning

  • Concentration Difficulties

  • Behaviour Problems

  • Frustration

  • Handwriting Problems

  • Find Copying Difficult

  • Depth Perception Difficulties

  • Eye Strain / Visual Stress

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Fatigue after School or Work

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Anxiety

Irlen Glasses can help people with...

  • Dyslexia

  • ADHD

  • ADD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Light sensitive issues

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Anxiety and/or depression

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  • Taken directly from with permission (The Australian Association of Irlen Consultants)


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