Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing disorder, meaning that the brain has difficulty processing visual information. This hereditary condition causes a range of symptoms, including struggles with reading and writing, and it can result in learning difficulties. At Irlen Centre Edmonton, we’re committed to educating people about this common (yet frequently misdiagnosed) condition and helping with treatment.
What is Irlen Syndrome?
Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual processing disorder that may result in difficulty with reading (particularly black print on a white background), writing and learning. For over 30 years, the Irlen Method has helped people around the world. There are more than 170 Irlen Clinics in 46 countries around the world. As much as 12-14% of the population may be affected by Irlen Syndrome, and the numbers are higher for those with learning difficulties and head injuries.
What are the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome?
The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome differ depending on the individual, but they frequently affect reading and learning. Symptoms include:
How do the Irlen Overlays and coloured paper help?
The Irlen Overlays absorb certain wavelengths from the light spectrum so that they are not reflected back into your eyes from the white page. That reduces the amount of energy required by the brain to cope with the reading on the white page.
How do the Irlen Spectral Filters help?
The Irlen tinted lenses absorb most of the specific segments of the light waves that cause your brain to overwork whenever you are in the light. It further lessens the amount of effort when you are doing academic work, reading, writing or thinking. The Irlen Spectral Filters lessen the impact that fluorescent lighting and bright lights have on your brain in many different environments
What else can I do to help with Irlen Syndrome?
There are many adaptations that people with Irlen Syndrome can make to improve their learning: