health & dyslexia: (Vision) eye related therapies & dyslexia Irlen syndrome

Irlen Syndrome & Dyslexia

Eye-ExamIrlen Syndrome is thought to affect about 50% of students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.

It was in 1983 that an American psychologist Helen Irlen discovered a perceptual problem caused by light sensitivity.

Irlen found that some students benefited from the use of coloured overlays. The overlays seemed to work by filtering out light that caused distortions to print. The problems appeared to be worse with black print on white paper.

You may benefit from glasses or lenses if when reading you find:

* letters merge together
* letters appearing in the wrong order
* twirling letters
* words are fuzzy
* words jump about
* difficulties in reading and keeping your place
* excessive rubbing and blinking of eyes
* words appear as a jumbled puzzle
* words appear faded