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The Irlen® Method

The Irlen® Method is non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information.  It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen® Syndrome.

The cornerstone of the Irlen® Method is its precision-tinted colored overlays and filters. We use advanced color spectrometer technology to ensure that our overlays and colored glasses meet strict standards of color balancing designed to produce the most effective color-correction tool.

The Irlen® Method is a two-step process: problem identification and color identification and requires two testing sessions. Family members participate with their children in the evaluation process. The color (which is different for each person) is the key to the success of the program and can only be determined after a diagnostic assessment performed by a certified educational professional trained in the Irlen® Method.

The first testing session determines whether you have Irlen® Syndrome and can be helped by the Irlen® Method’s color technology. In this session, we determine how severe your problem is and whether color can help eliminate your difficulties. Your correct colored overlay combination is determined at this time. Both certified Irlen® Screeners and Diagnosticians can test for colored overlays.

The second testing session is only for individuals who show moderate to significant improvement with colored overlays. In this session, we target the precise wave lengths of light causing your problems by using a limitless number of color filter combinations. Your precision color is worn as glasses or contact lenses. The color worn as glasses will not be the same as your plastic overlay color. If your problems are related to math computation, copying, depth perception, light sensitivity, and headaches, colored glasses are your best treatment option because they correct problems with the printed page and also the environment.

Importantly, wearing the wrong color can actually cause or worsen your problems. The testing to identify your correct colored glasses can only be conducted by Certified Irlen® Diagnosticians/Clinics.

Colored lenses provided by optometrists and vision specialists to treat reading problems are NOT the same as the Irlen® Method. These professionals do not have the right colors, or diagnostic process for color selection. Inaccurate colour selection can result in headaches, eye strain, and fragmented brain processing resulting in more distortions and reading problems.

Irlen® Overlays are the original colored overlay technology. They are used by hundreds of thousands of students and over one-million people worldwide. Irlen® Overlays are the only colored overlays available backed by more than a decade of scientific research and used by more than 4,000 school districts worldwide.

Colored overlays are most effective for individuals whose difficulties are isolated to reading. If you experience challenges with writing, math, depth perception, night driving, or the environment, colored filters (worn as glasses) will be your best treatment option. However, colored overlays are an important first step in determining whether the Irlen® Method can work for you and provide your first experience with relief.

Colored Overlays can help:

  • Improve print clarity and stability
  • Reduce strain and fatigue
  • Eliminate headaches
  • Improve comprehension
  • Tracking and keeping your place while reading
  • Make reading faster
  • Allow you to read longer and with comfort

For individuals wanting or needing more comprehensive light filtering to alleviate problems associated with both the printed page and in the environment, Irlen® Spectral Filters are the answer. Irlen® Spectral Filters are precision-tinted for each individual, filtering out the exact wave lengths of light creating perceptual difficulties.

Irlen® Spectral Filters can improve problems with:

  • reading
  • headaches and migraines
  • depth perception
  • night driving
  • sports performance
  • light sensitivity
  • copying
  • math

Only a certified Irlen® diagnostician can identify the optimal color-correction hue and saturation.

Colored lenses provided by optometrists and vision specialists to treat reading problems are NOT the same as the Irlen® Method. These professionals do not have the right colors, or diagnostic process for color selection. Inaccurate color selection can result in headaches, eye strain, and fragmented brain processing resulting in more distortions and reading problems.

This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity. This is not a method of reading instruction. It is a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information.

Irlen® Method uses coloured lenses to correct visual distortions
Irlen® Method uses coloured lenses to correct visual distortions
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