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What Is Irlen® Syndrome?​

Irlen® Syndrome (Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, or Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder rather than an optical problem. The brain has difficulty in processing visual information. The problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardised educational or medical tests.

Who Can Have Irlen® Syndrome?

Irlen® Syndrome is present in a variety of populations, including individuals identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury.

While more common in populations with specific difficulties, such as reading problems and ADHD, even gifted and highly successful individuals can be impacted by this issue – often working harder and suffering more than necessary to succeed.

How Does Irlen® Syndrome Affect People?

Irlen® Syndrome can affect many different areas of everyday life, including:

  • A person’s school, academic or work performance
  • A person’s behaviour
  • A person’s attention span 
  • A person’s ability to sit still
  • A person’s ability to concentrate
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Irlen® Syndrome can manifest differently for different individuals. If you, or someone you know, suffers from any of the problems listed below Irlen® Syndrome may be the cause and you should consider taking the Irlen Self Test.

  • Print looks different
  • The environment looks different
  • Difficulty reading
  • Poor comprehension
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty with maths
  • Difficulty copying
  • Difficulty reading music
  • Poor sports performance
  • Poor depth-perception
  • Low motivation
  • Low self-esteem

Irlen® Syndrome Numbers

  • 14 % General population
  • 46% Individuals with reading or learning difficulties, including dyslexia
  • 35% Individuals who have suffered TBI or concussion
  • 33% Individuals on the autism spectrum
  • 33% Individuals with attention and concentration problems, including ADHD
  • Individuals with medically resistant headaches and migraines (incidence data not yet available)
Statistics say that one in five kids will have Irlen Sydrome

Statistics say that at least one of these children pictured here will have symptoms of Irlen® Syndrome. Image Source: irlendyslexia.com

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