What is Irlens NZ?

Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual processing difficulty. A perceptual processing difficulty when the brain has a problem making sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or vision.

What are the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome?

In Irlen Syndrome, the brain struggles to make sense of the visual information it receives. This causes a variety of symptoms from visual distortions to physical symptoms like headaches, migraines, strain and fatigue, difficulty attending, and problems with depth perception.

Is Irlen syndrome real 2020?

Available in all the colours of the rainbow, the glasses are synonymous with Irlen syndrome, described as “a visual perceptual problem”. The only problem is, according to most medical experts, Irlen syndrome does not exist.

What causes Irlen?

What causes Irlen Syndrome? Medical research has shown that this type of perceptual problem appears to be caused by a defect in one of the visual pathways that carries messages from the eye to the brain. This defect causes a timing fault in processing visual information.

Is Irlens syndrome hereditary?

The data suggest that Scotopic Sensitivity/Irlen Syndrome may be a genetically based deficit in visual processing, but the simplest genetic models do not appear to fit.

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How are Irlen filters used to treat Irlen syndrome?

Treatment of Irlen Syndrome: The treatment technique developed by Helen Irlen consists of altering the problem light waves through the use of coloured filters or coloured overlays. Irlen Filters modify the light spectrum in order to improve reading rate, comprehension and/or sustained attention for those with the Irlen Syndrome.

What kind of brain disorder is Irlen syndrome?

What is Irlen Syndrome? IRLEN SYNDROME IS A PERCEPTUAL PROCESSING DISORDER It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information.

What kind of eye exam is needed for Irlen syndrome?

The Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual dysfunction caused by sensitivity to light rather than visual problems. It is therefore a requirement that, before Irlen assessments are undertaken, a full eye examination and any necessary treatment is carried out by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Why do you need a different lens tint for Irlen?

This assessment involves finding the unique tint/lens colour that works to filter out the wavelengths of light that are causing the various effects on the visual processing system. Each person will require a different unique colour tint due to the way in which Irlen affects each individual.