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 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 other standardized educational or medical tests. When an individual suffers from Irlen Syndrome, their brain has difficulty processing certain wavelengths of light. 
In this way, light (especially bright and fluorescent lighting) becomes a stressor on the brain.  This stress causes certain parts of the brain (e.g., the visual cortex) to become overactive.                                    

It is this over-activity and inability to effectively process visual stimuli that create a variety of visual, physical, cognitive, emotional, and neurological symptoms.  If your child has either light sensitivity, headaches, migraine, or depth perception issues it could well be the cause and add to their level of stress and anxiety as they always try to play ‘catch up’

What are the signs and symptoms of Irlen syndrome?

  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Distortions with Print
  • Spelling Problems
  • Delayed Learning
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Frustration
  • Handwriting Problems
  • Find Copying Difficult
  • Depth Perception Difficulties
  • Eye Strain / Visual Stress
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Fatigue after School or Work
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Anxiety

Irlen Glasses - Screening and Diagnosis
(Greater London Area)

Free Initial call

Free call with either Dana or Adi to understand if your child will benefit from Irlen screening. you would be asked to fill in the self-test and check your vision as visual problems should be corrected before the screening. Schedule a call or Call us at 07305687733.

Screening at your home

Screening assessment – this is the overlay determination stage Screenings are carried out by a specialist Irlen® screener to identify symptoms and determine how symptoms are impacting your daily life.

diagnostic appointment

You might be referred to an Irlen Diagnostician who is certified to test and determine your customized Irlen Spectral Filter, worn as glasses or contact lenses.

Dana Latter

Therapist, Coach, Educator, Mom

Dana is a certified Irlen Screener as well as Melillo Method™ practitioner and a certified life coach from the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.   Dana could not accept the diagnosis given to her son as she knew in her heart that he could overcome his challenges and thrive.  Dana understands firsthand the overwhelming feelings of frustration of families with special needs, autism ADHD, and dyslexia.   

Adi Latter

THERAPIST, and Irlen Screener

Adi is a certified Irlen screener and a certified Melillo Method™ therapist.
He started learning about different modalities to help his sons overcome their challenges and came across the Melillo method.
Finally, he found his purpose in life helping other children thrive and overcome their challenges.


It’s all about the method (UK)

In the UK inferior colored lenses and overlays are sold by different companies and sellers that have got nothing to do with Irlen.  they use the name ‘Irlen’ to promote their products.   The reason Irlen works as well as it does isn’t because of the color, it’s because of the method used to determine what color you need. 

With over 100,000 possible custom colors, the key to our method is individualized, precision tinting, and our in-depth diagnostic protocol ensures that you end up with the specific color your brain needs. Just because someone says they can help Irlen Syndrome, doesn’t mean they use the Irlen Method or offer Irlen Spectral Filters. Make sure you know what method of color selection is taking place.

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