Master multi-tasker, problem solver, and daydreamer. Can be found staring at their laptop, daydreaming about deleting all their email, or planning world domination. Maybe both in the same day.
But that annoying glare from the office lights that makes her dread her desk? It might be Irlen Syndrome! Take a self-test to find out.
IRLEN SYNDROME IS A COMMON PERCEPTUAL PROCESSING DISORDER, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED OR MISSED BY HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS
You work hard for a living. Living shouldn’t be hard. It’s possible that Irlen Syndrome is affecting your efficiency and performance in the office, and your well-being at home. It’s worth a few seconds to check out the list below to see if Irlen Syndrome has been standing in your way of success:
- You hate the fluorescent lights in your office and prefer to turn them off
- Your computer screen feels too bright, so you dim it down
- At the end of the workday, you feel exhausted, drained, or slightly ill
- You routinely have to re-read things for comprehension
- When doing tasks that require reading or computer work, you have to take lots of breaks because your eyes start to bother you, or you can’t stay focused
These are just a few of the many ways Irlen Syndrome can make a busy professional’s life harder than it needs to be!
MORE ABOUT IRLEN SYNDROME
It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by standardized educational, psychological, optometric, or medical tests. This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. Irlen Syndrome is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance.
SIGNS OF IRLEN SYNDROME
- Light Sensitivity
- Reading Problems
- Headaches and Migraines
- Attention and Concentration Problems
- Strain and Fatigue
- Problems with Depth Perception
- Print or Environmental Distortions
WHO IS AFFECTED?
Irlen Syndrome is present in a variety of populations, including individuals identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury. While more common in populations with specific difficulties, such as reading problems and ADHD, even gifted and highly successful individuals can be impacted by this issue – often working harder and suffering more than necessary to succeed.
IRLEN BY THE NUMBERS
- 14 % General population
- 46% Individuals with reading or learning difficulties, including dyslexia
- 35% Individuals who have suffered TBI or concussion
- 33% Individuals on the autism spectrum
- 33% Individuals with attention and concentration problems, including ADHD
- Individuals with medically resistant headaches and migraines (incidence data not yet available)