Irlen Syndrome (Auckland Diagnostic Clinic)

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What is Irlen Syndrome?

Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder, it is not an optical issue but a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. Irlen Syndrome is often genetic and is not currently identified by other standardised educational or medical tests available.

People with Irlen syndrome have sensitivity to certain light frequencies resulting in pattern confusion and pattern glare. And while glasses with special filters can be fitted for those suffering from Irlen to improve clarity and comfort, an accurate diagnosis is essential. Symptoms may include low reading concentration, sore eyes, and headaches, skipping of words/lines in reading and depth perception problems.

Using non-invasive technology with coloured overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information, the Irlen Method the only scientifically proven technique to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome. This technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity – however it’s important to understand this is not a method of reading instruction. This is a colour-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information.

We can help children who have:

  • Reading Problems
  • ADHD
  • Headaches
  • Autism
  • Underachievers
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Brain Injury
  • Medical Conditions

* Please note: An initial diagnostic assessment will cost $169.00 or a reassessment $99.00 (including GST) + any additional resources or optometrist costs that may be required.

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Contact our friendly team

If you think your child may be experiencing the above symptoms and you would like to book a screening/diagnostic session, please contact our friendly team at Zest Education Centre.

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