When Reading Do You:
- Find words blurry or moving?
- Lose your place?
- Experience eye strain or fatigue?
- Need to re-read to understand?
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Welcome to the Irlen Dyslexia Clinic – Ipswich & Surrounding Districts. (NDIS Reg. 4050018380)
Servicing: Ipswich & Surrounding Regions, Gold Coast & Hinterland, and the Regional Shires of Toowoomba, Quilpi, Bulloo, Paroo, Baloone Goondiwindi, Murweh, Maranoa, Western Downs, Southern Downs, Western Downs, Scenic Rim & Lockyer Valley.
The Clinic specialises in assessing children and adults for the visual processing disorder – Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS), also known as Visual Perceptual Dyslexia or Visual Dyslexia, as well as Visual Stress & Light Sensitivity issues.
It is not related to eyesight but instead is related to the vision system. In some people, light interferes with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This is sometimes referred to as “visual perceptual difficulties” or “visual processing difficulties”. Research tells us that around 15% of the general population (and 50% of the reading disabled population) have moderate to severe problems with print movement, and environmental distortions. (See our video). This can often be accompanied issues such as; eyestrain, focusing difficulties, light sensitivity, headaches or migraines, depth perception issues, clumsiness, inefficient reading, poor spelling, reluctance to write, behavioural problems, frustration, low self-esteem, anxiety and work avoidance.
Irlen Syndrome Sample Print Distortions
What is Irlen Syndrome / SSS?
Irlen Syndrome, also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS) or Visual Stress, is a visual processing dysfunction which affects approximately 10 – 20% of the population, it is not an optical problem but a problem with how the brain processes visual information it receives from the printed page and environment.
Irlen Syndrome / SSS is a light sensitivity condition which cannot be tested or identified through standard psychological, educational, medical or optometric testing, but it may co-exist with optical problems.
Assessments for this brain processing dysfunction can only be carried out by certified Irlen Syndrome Diagnosticians, trained in the Irlen Method. Optometrists are unable to treat this condition.
TAKE OUR SELF TEST
You may like to choose an appropriate Irlen Syndrome / Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome self-test to determine whether this condition may be contributing to you or a member of your families’ perceptual difficulties.
You can complete the self-test online with the option to print once completed.
In completing the self test, If you find three or more indicators are present you should contact the Irlen Dyslexia Clinic – Ipswich & Surrounding Regions to arrange an assessment.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF IRLEN SYNDROME
People with Irlen Syndrome/SSS can have difficulty with one or more of the following:
First day with my glasses was a big shock like OMG. I was seeing depth that I didn’t even know I’d been missing, like someone had turned off the tapestry effect, turned up the contrast and made things stand free in their own space. Reading was vastly improved. I was seeing some new movement patterns but far easier to live with. After a few days of great vision, I started to somehow have problems coping with mental resistance to such a big change.
It was hard, this mental resistance lasted a couple of weeks until things settled down. I can read so much more easily. My hyper vigilance is ongoing but taking the movement out of my vision is a thousand times improvement on my problems of fear in public space. Put simply the calmness and abilities the Irlen lenses give me has brought my CPTSD treatment significantly forward. I’m 57.
Now I’m 58 and I’m not just completely used to having frames on my face virtually the whole time I’m awake but so much happier with them on. Even though TV looks like heaps better with the glasses, this is usually a time I take them off in front of the TV. All other screens and all other times they are on, driving at night as well.
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