Research & Media

The Irlen Method has received international acclaim and is included in professional journals and textbooks. It has also been featured in national and international media, including National Geographic, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News, NBC News, the BBC and TV shows in Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, and Australia.

The Irlen Method is scientifically proven to correct the issues related to Irlen Syndrome and is supported by experts in the fields of education, psychology, medicine, ophthalmology, and neuroscience around the world. 

Cornell University Researching Irlen Syndrome

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Associate professors Adam Anderson and Eve De Rosa, from the Department of Human Development are leveraging Human Ecology’s fMRI capabilities to conduct innovative and potentially impactful research into Irlen Syndrome, a perceptual processing disorder that impact’s the brain’s ability to interpret visual information.

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The most current research on Irlen Syndrome and the use of color utilizes advanced brain-mapping technology to show actual changes and normalization of brain functioning that is not achieved through ophthalmological treatments (plain lenses, prisms, or vision therapy). Researchers have utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), visual evoked responses (VER), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans to objectively document the profound effects of visual sensory overload on the brain and the normalization of brain activity when individually-prescribed, precision-tinted colored filters are worn.





The Irlen Method and the efficacy of colored overlays and colored lenses has been the subject of over 200 research studies encompassing the disciplines of education, psychology, and medicine. To date, more than 100 of these studies supporting the use of colored overlays and lenses to treat the perceptual processing difficulties associated with Irlen Syndrome are published in peer-reviewed academic and scientific journals, including the Journal of Learning DisabilitiesAustralian Journal of Special EducationPerceptual and Motor SkillsAustralian Journal of Learning DisabilitiesJournal of Clinical & Experimental NeuropsychologyJournal of Research in Reading, and Behavioral Optometry among others.


Read here about the exciting results Georgianna Saba achieved by implementing Irlen Technology in a public school setting.  The educational improvements and financial savings are undeniable!

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Click on the image to download a PDF of the full research project report.

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