The Irlen Method
Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual disorder that effects an estimated 15% of the general population, 45% of those with a learning disability, and a much higher documented percentage in correctional facilities. It is a type of light sensitivity that can cause any number of symptoms.
What are the possible symptoms?
They can include any of, but not limited to, the following symptoms: sensitivity to fluorescent lights, losing one's place while reading, eye aches, headaches, migraines, poor attention span, distractibility, preferring dim light, eye strain from computer glare, poor depth perception, clumsiness, and difficulty with night-driving glare. For some, the written page becomes distorted and words seem to move.
For those experiencing even a few of these symptoms, a full Irlen Screening is recommended. Marcia will be happy to email you a 4-page, free self-test questionnaire. Email Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the Irlen Method, who it has helped, and the worldwide research being done, visit the Irlen website www.irlen.com. Marcia can email a research summary, bibliography, and study results for headaches and migraines, reading and Dyslexia, and others.
Those affected by Irlen Syndrome can have very different personalities, functioning levels, and sets of symptoms. Some may be slower readers, often losing place, not understanding or remembering well what was read, and usually not liking reading. Some may have attention and distractibility difficulties, may have Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Depression or other diagnoses (with or without reading difficulties). Some may be higher functioning and have none of the above (or may have milder versions of them) but experience eye aches, headaches or migraines, reading fatigue, or discomfort from computer glare. This group sometimes can graduate from college and do well, often by working in dim lighting and working harder than the unaffected person.
What is the Irlen Treatment Method?
Worldwide, people are now finding relief of these symptoms by the use of the Irlen Method. For many people, the use of colored overlays on the page helps with reading. However, many have environmental symptoms, such as headaches or difficulty driving due to glare, that cannot be addressed simply with colored overlays on the page.
For those who are identified as being able to benefit from the Irlen Method, most often the use of custom Irlen Spectral Filters worn as glasses or contacts will make an even more significant difference. The filters often minimize or even eliminate the discomforts experienced from glare in the environment, in addition to improved reading. The results are often life-changing. The second step, a diagnostic Tint Evaluation, determines the individual's precision color layers that reduce or eliminate perceptual distortions and headaches, eye strain, or other discomforts of light sensitivity.
Marcia Davis, M.A.
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