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 standardised educational or medical tests. reference irlen.com.
Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:
Academic and work performance
Ability to sit still
This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. This problem is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance. If you suffer from any of the following, Irlen Syndrome might be your problem:
Print looks different
Environment looks different
Slow or inefficient reading
Difficulty with math computation
Difficulty reading music
Poor sports performance
Symptoms of Irlen Syndrome
Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight and sometimes lights at night
Some individuals experience physical symptoms and feel tired, sleepy, dizzy, anxious, or irritable. Others experience headaches, mood changes, restlessness or have difficulty staying focused, especially with bright or fluorescent lights.
Problems tracking from line to line
Reads in dim light
Skips words or lines
Reads slowly or hesitantly
Strain and fatigue
Tired or sleepy
Headaches or nausea
Fidgety or restless
Eyes that hurt or become watery
Attention and Concentration Problems:
Problems with concentration when reading and doing academic tasks
Often people can appear to have other conditions, such as attention deficit disorder, and are given medication unnecessarily.
Unequal letter size
Writing up or downhill
Strain or fatigue from computer use
Difficulty reading music
Sloppy, careless maths errors
Misaligned numbers in columns
Ineffective use of study time
Lack of motivation
Grades do not reflect the amount of effort
Difficulty catching balls
Difficulty judging distances
Additional caution necessary while driving
Words on the page lack clarity or stability; i.e., may appear to be blurry, moving, or disappear.
Although Irlen Syndrome is not considered an optical problem, the team here at the Spectacle Shop opticians are always interested in researching optical related information. We feel that the more knowledge we can obtain, the better positioned we are as eye care professionals to help you to keep your eyes healthy. We believe in looking after the health or your eyes – that is what is important to us, not just selling glasses frames.
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