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Vision Therapy


Your child’s visual system is a vital part of development to explore, learn and participate in their environment. A child can have 20/20 visual acuity in both eyes and be significantly impacted by visual problems such as visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills and visual-vestibular skills which hinders your child trying to perform up to their potential. A Focused Brain offers skilled vision therapy and works in conjunction with Developmental Ophthalmologists to create a treatment program to enhance your child’s success.

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. 


The Irlen Method© identifies those with perceptual processing problems and eliminates this problem using color overlays and Irlen Special Filters worn as glasses or contact lenses.




















Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:

  • Academic and work performance

  • Behavior

  • Attention

  • Ability to sit still

  • Concentration

This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. This problem is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance. If you suffer from any of the following, Irlen Syndrome might be your problem:

  • Print looks different

  • Environment looks different

  • Slow or inefficient reading

  • Poor comprehension

  • Eye strain

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty with math computation

  • Difficulty copying

  • Difficulty reading music

  • Poor sports performance

  • Poor depth-perception

  • Low motivation

  • Low self-esteem

Symptoms of Irlen Syndrome:

Light Sensitivity:

  • Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight and sometimes lights at night

  • Some individuals experience physical symptoms and feel tired, sleepy, dizzy, anxious, or irritable. Others experience headaches, mood changes, restlessness or have difficulty staying focused, especially with bright or fluorescent lights.

Reading Problems:

  • Poor comprehension

  • Misreads words

  • Problems tracking from line to line

  • Reads in dim light

  • Skips words or lines

  • Reads slowly or hesitantly

  • Takes breaks

  • Loses place

  • Avoids reading


  • Strain and fatigue

  • Tired or sleepy

  • Headaches or nausea

  • Fidgety or restless

  • Eyes that hurt or become watery

Attention and Concentration Problems:

  • Problems with concentration when reading and doing academic tasks

  • Often people can appear to have other conditions, such as attention deficit disorder, and are given medication unnecessarily.

Writing Problems:

  • Trouble copying

  • Unequal spacing

  • Unequal letter size

  • Writing up or downhill

  • Inconsistent spelling

Other Characteristics:

  • Strain or fatigue from computer use

  • Difficulty reading music

  • Sloppy, careless math errors

  • Misaligned numbers in columns

  • Ineffective use of study time

  • Lack of motivation

  • Grades do not reflect the amount of effort

Depth Perception:

  • Clumsiness

  • Difficulty catching balls

  • Difficulty judging distances

  • Additional caution necessary while driving


  • Words on the page lack clarity or stability; i.e., may appear to be blurry, moving, or disappear


Irlen Syndrome - A Teen's Summary

Key Facts

Correcting Irlen Syndrome can result in the following improvements:

  • Better comprehension

  • Read faster and longer

  • Improved accuracy

  • Reduced strain and fatigue

  • Reduced headaches and migraines

  • Improved flow and fluency

  • Improved motivation

  • Improved academic performance

  • Better attention and comprehension

  • Better self-esteem

Understanding Irlen Syndrome
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