Friday, August 15, 2014

The Eyes Have It!

Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome. 

Have you heard of it?

Seventy percent of the information an individual receives enters through the eyes and must be correctly interpreted by the brain. Irlen is a condition that affects the interpretation. This problem is not curable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Print looks different
  • Environment looks different
  • Slow or inefficient reading
  • Poor comprehension
  • Eye strain
  • Difficulty with math computation
  • Difficulty copying
  • Difficulty reading music
  • Poor sports performance
  • Poor depth-perception

Find out what it looks like in this video:

I had taken my two autistic boys for some other testing and found out they both have Irlen Syndrome. They really noticed the "white rivers" on a page of text. If you think you or someone you know might have it, you can do several tests on the website. 

And the good news is, there's something you can do about it. Color overlays help and printing on the correct colored paper helps. I also have the optical shop tint my sons' eyeglass lenses to the color that works for each of them. (They're different.) 

Surprisingly, as my older son aged, his color changed.  I mistakenly took him to the eye doctor but his test there was fine. With what he told the doctor, I realized I needed to take him back to have his color retested.

The Irlen site states they are also coming out with a cover overlay App.

Don't struggle. Find out more about this condition at: Knowledge is power.

Cindy A. Christiansen
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