Irlen Syndrome

Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome is a perceptual problem that prevents people from being able to learn, read, or study efficiently. Until now it has baffled educators, and the scientific community because it remains undetected by standard educational, visual, and medical tests.

Individuals with SSS perceive the printed page and sometimes their environment differently. They must constantly make adaptation or compensate. Individuals may be unaware of the extra energy and effort they are putting into reading and perceiving. Individuals with SSS may read slowly or inefficiently or have poor reading comprehension, strain, or fatigue. SSS can also affect attention span, listening, energy level, motivation, work production and mental health.

Individuals with SSS may be viewed as underachievers or as having behavioral, attitudinal, or motivational problems. This problem can coexist with other learning difficulties. Some people with learning difficulties, dyslexia, or ADD may also be suffering from SSS.

UNABLE TO LEARN LIKE OTHERS. CANNOT SKIM OR SPEED READ. BRIGHT LIGHTS BOTHER YOUR EYES.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • LIGHT SENSITIVITY – Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight, or driving at night. Discomfort or difficulty concentrating or working under bright lights or fluorescent lights.
  • INSUFFICIENT READING – Difficulty reading print, numbers, or musical notes. Problems may include print that shifts, shakes, blurs, moves, doubles, disappears, or becomes difficult to perceive.
  • SLOW READING RATE – Inability to read letters, numbers, musical notes or words in groups. This results in problems tracking, correctly identifying words or the ability to skim or speed read.
  • ATTENTION DEFICIT – Problems concentrating while reading or doing school work. May have difficulty staying on task, takes breaks, looks away, becomes restless, fidgety, or tired.
  • STRAIN OR FATIGUE – Feeling strain, tension, fatigue, sleepy or get headaches while reading and other perceptual activities. Strain can interfere with the ease of reading, studying or even listening.
  • POOR DEPTH PERCEPTION – Inability to accurately judge distance or spatial relationships. May be unsure or have difficulty with such things as escalators, stairs, ball sports, or driving.

NOW THERE IS AN EFFECTIVE NON-INVASIVE WAY TO TREAT IRLEN SYNDROME/SSS.

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