People Who Can Benefit From Irlen Screening

  • spend longer to complete homework and reading assingments
  • complain of headaches, fatigue or strain while reading or in school
  • avoid reading for pleasure
  • do poorly on timed tests
  • are unable to keep up

Gifted Students Who:




  • could do better "if they tried harder"
  • have been diagnosed with AD/HD
  • have behavior problems
  • find that their grades don’t reflect effort
  • complain of strain, fatigue, headaches

Average Students Who:



  • anxiety
  • behavior disorders
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • nervous, fidgety, irritable

Those With Emotional Problems Like:


  •  dyslexia
  • inefficient reading
  • complaints of strain, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness etc.

Those With Learning Problems Like:

  •     headaches/migraines
  •     dizziness, stomachaches, nausea
  •     AD/HD
  •   Traumatic brain injury
  •   Concussions
  •   Whiplash
  •     Autism/Asbergers
  •     Depression, anxiety, OCD
  •     Fatigue, tired, sleepy, drained

Those With Medical Issues Like:






Irlen lifts barriers to learning and makes other supports and tutoring more effective.

Having untreated Irlen Syndrome is very challenging!

Irlen Symptoms Can Include:

  • Sensitivity to bright and fluorescent lighting and glare
  • Slow or inefficient reading
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Poor depth perception



Irlen Syndrome Can Affect:

  • Academic and work performance
  • Behavior
  • Attention
  • Ability to sit still
  • Concentration
  • Physical comfort and moods (tired, sleepy, dizzy, anxious, or irritable. Some can experience headaches, mood changes, restlessness)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Attention and concentration
  • Depth perception
  • Motivation and self-esteem

There are three possible steps to this process:

1. Learn about Irlen Syndrome.

2. Get screened for Irlen Syndrome - At which point you will know if you have it and if so, where on the spectrum you land. You will also then receive YOUR specific color overlay. 

3. Schedule a session with an Irlen Diagnostician - Those who have Irlen Syndrome severely or in ways that affect other areas of life (those situations where overlays cannot be used) may want to see an Irlen Diagnostician. There they can be evaluated for, and ultimately receive customized Irlen Spectral Filters®. 



Treating Irlen makes life more comfortable!

Misdiagnosis of Dyslexia and ADD/HD Leaves Kids Struggling: Irlen Syndrome - the OTHER Perceptual Processing Disorder

by Helen Irlen.

Lately, educators and medical professionals are quick to diagnose children who struggle in school with dyslexia and/or AD/HD. In fact, just this week, I was reading the blog post of a teenager who said that 26 out of 30 children on her color guard team have been diagnosed with dyslexia. We as a society like labels because it means we have answers and we can get help, right? Generally, this is true. 
If you know what's wrong, you can identify all the available methods of help, which in the case of AD/HD usually means, placing your child on medication, and in the case of dyslexia, can mean anything from paying for eye training to phonics instruction. And for some, the help works. But, what about those that just don't seem to get better? Research suggests that at least a portion of these children may be misdiagnosed or misclassified with dyslexia or ADD/HD. In fact, as many as 50% of children diagnosed with dyslexia actually have a visual perceptual processing problem known as Irlen Syndrome. Similarly, about 30% of children diagnosed with ADD/HD actually suffer from Irlen Syndrome (ironically, this is the same percentage of children that do not respond positively to medication).