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Meares-Irlen Syndrome


A Meares-Irlen screening computer-based test. At the end of the test, a special filter should have been identified. That filter can then be custom made to match your personal requirement. If you require a correction to your vision, then we can custom make the filter in prescription lenses.

Do you are a member of your family suffer from reading and writing difficulty?

50% of children and adults who have reading difficulties can benefit from Meares-Irlen screening. What we offer is vision therapy we work with people who visual perception and stress issues. What’s the difference between Meares-Irlen Syndrome and Dyslexia? Many of the symptoms are similar Perceptual processing disorder (PPD), is how the brain interprets the information it receives information. What has been proved is that by adding or removing certain colours you can get dramatic effects. Meares – Irlen Syndrome is a form of visual stress which leads to difficulties with fine vision tasks such as reading. This eye condition was identified in 1980 by an American psychologist and although the condition is not yet fully understood, it is known to affect reading ability.

Reading Difficulty?

What are the telltale signs if the brain is not processing the information properly:

  • Having to read a sentence multiple times
  • The letters on a page may swirl
  • Letters appear to lift off the page
  • Letters blend together
  • Lose definition
  • Sparkle or flash

Like dyslexia, it is not curable but can be treated, and significant improvements can be made. For dyslexics, Meares – Irlen can often be the cause of reading difficulty. Symptoms The symptoms will have been present throughout your life but some people experience symptoms after a minute of reading, others find the symptoms take longer to appear. The degree of symptoms can also vary from person to person with more marked symptoms creating barriers to successful reading. General Problems May Include Strain working under bright lighting Difficulty finding comfortable lighting Glare from bright objects Eye strain Headaches from reading, working at a computer, watching TV, supermarket lighting. Symptoms Resulting from Reading may include: Poor comprehension Skips words or lines Reads slowly or hesitantly Loses place Eye Strain When reading you may see the words: Jumping off the page Spinning Moving around Not staying where they are supposed to Symptoms Judging Distances may include: Clumsiness Accident Prone Bumps into things Difficulty catching small balls If you have any of the above symptoms, it is advisable to have a standard vision test at your local Optician. If, after the eye test and the appropriate treatment, the symptoms remain, you ought to be tested for Meares – Irlen syndrome. Treatment for Meares – Irlen There are a number of treatments for Meares – Irlen syndrome and different people will have different outcomes from treatment. Some can gain significant improvements, some no more than a 5-10% correction. However, some improvement is better than none at all. Treatment for Meares – Irlen will not cure dyslexia, but may improve the ability to read. Treatment involves the use of colour and simple eye exercises. Coloured overlays and glasses have been shown to lessen the effects of visual stress. Likewise, regular simple exercises to train the eye and increase coordination have had some success as well. It is important to have an assessment with a licensed Orthoptist and have a course of treatment set that is appropriate.

We offer Meares – Irlen screening it is a computer-based test lasting approximately 2o minutes. A full consultation lasts one hour and costs £60 and a follow-up is £40