Irlen Syndrome is.....?

What is Irlen Syndrome?

Most people in the United States know this as an odd variation of the better known term dyslexia.  However, it is not really dyslexia, for there are many differences in the two issues. It involves, but is not limited to, things that sparkle, glare, move, shake, glow, and may perceive colors that are not present.  It could also be something as simple as  sensitivity to light, especially florescent lights, or really bright sunlight. No two people have the exact same symptoms.  They may have some of the above or others that are not listed here.

As a vision specialist, these ideas really caught my attention. I had worked with clients who had similar physical vision issues and other abilities, yet some could read small print and others struggled with large print so I knew I was missing something. This led to my researching Irlen Syndrome when I first heard of it and obtaining training so I could identify it and help those who could use benefit from it, but as it is an educational solution, it is not a cure for the problem. 

 

A quick test to help you determine if you want to look at this problem is taken from the book Reading by the Colors,  by Helen Irlen on page xi copyright 1991 and is printed below or can be found at www.irlen.com with a longer version. You can email or call me to send you more so I can visit with you about it.  If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, then you might have Irlen Syndrome and should come for a visit.

  • Do you skip works or lines when reading?

  • Do you reread lines? Do you lost your place?

  • Are you easily distracted when reading?

  • Do you need to take breaks often?

  • Do you find it harder to read the longer you read?

  • Do you get headaches when you read?

  • Do your eyes get read and watery?

  • Does reading make you tired?

  • Do you blink or squint?

  • Do you prefer to read in dim light?

  • Do you read close or far away from the page?

  • Do you use your fingers as markers?

  • Do you get restless, active or fidgety when reading?

Please call or email me for an appointment if any of these sound like you, your child, relative or a spouse. Remember, you will not have all the symptoms listed here. Just three or more symptoms and you should arrange for an evaluation.

​Adults need this as much as the kids, so treat yourself to relief along with your child or spouse, if you have the same symptoms they do.

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