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Information for Optometrists
Irlen syndrome is a neurologically-based visual perceptual dysfunction. It affects the processing of visual information from the eye to the visual cortex and results in cortical hyperactivation.
Irlen syndrome is not a problem of the eye, but of the brain. Optometric interventions will not resolve Irlen Syndrome-related complaints, just as an intervention aimed at Irlen syndrome will not resolve optometric issues. Therefore, Irlen practitioners require that a client have a visual examination by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist ideally no more than six months prior to an Irlen assessment.
There has been a substantial body of research that has accumulated since the 1980s. The efficacy of Irlen Spectral Filters is supported by more than 100 studies led by independent researchers who published their results in peer-reviewed, respected professional journals in the fields of optometry, education, medicine, and psychology. Among these are the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Australian Journal of Special Education, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, Journal of Research in Reading, Behavioral Optometry, and Ophthalmological and Behavioral Optics. A recent review established that of 62 selected studies, 56 had given positive results, 45 noted significant improvement in specific reading skills, 11 reported positive results for optical accommodation, improved eye movements and reduced headaches and migraines. Studies are ongoing in Australia, Italy, Brazil, England, Switzerland, and New Zealand.
Key studies are presented below.
You may contact Dr Sandra Tosta, responsible for development and research at the Irlen Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org