Quick Self-Test for Meares-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 problem, rather it is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information.
It tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardised educational or medical tests.
Do you have a difficulty reading or feel you read inefficiently? Then try this quick test.
Answer the following:
- Do you skip words or lines when reading?
- Do you re-read lines?
- Do you lose your place when reading?
- Are you easily distracted when reading?
- Do you need to take breaks often?
- Do you find it harder to read the longer you read?
- Do you get headaches when you read?
- Do your eyes get red and watery?
- Does reading make you tired?
- Do you blink or squint?
- Do you prefer to read in a dim light?
- Do you read close to the page?
- Do you use your finger or other markers?
- Do you get restless or fidgety when reading?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, then you might be experiencing the effects of Meares-Irlen Syndrome, also known as Irlen Syndrome and Sctotopic Sensitivity. It can interfere with your reading efficiency, slowing up the speed at which you take up meaning from text and is associated with headaches, migraines and excessive fatigue.
Make a note of each of the questions you answered YES to and send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org with that information. We will get back to you with advice and support.
Screenings are available to ascertain the level of sensitivity and the correct coloured overlays and glasses to rectify the condition.
What is Meares-Irlen Syndrome? Information from the Irlen Institute.