Irlen East for the east of England

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Irlen Syndrome

Irlen Syndrome (also called- Scotopic Sensitivity,Visual stress, Meares-Irlen) is a perceptual dysfunction, which affects the way in which the brain interprets the visual information being sent from the eyes. It is a difficulty with processing not a vision problem.

We can assess for Irlen Syndrome and supply aids such as Irlen overlays, coloured paper, Irlen tinted lenses.

Diagnosticians may travel throughout the East Anglian region to the client's own area, where they will carry out the consultation. Diagnosis can take place in homes, schools, hospitals, offices, factories and prisons as well as at our clinic in Stowmarket

Opticians and organisations other than Irlen Clinics who claim to treat Meares-Irlen Syndrome have no connection with Helen Irlen nor the Irlen Institute.

Irlen Syndrome can co-exist with

Irlen Syndrome can exacerbate other dificulties and it has been noted that it  often co-exists with a very varied cross section of conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Autism
  • Attention difficulties
  • Depression
  • Behavioural problems
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Fatigue, CFS, ME

Covid-19 measures

Irlen East is open and still carrying out assessments.

Covid-19 measures may highlight educational problems such as Irlen Syndrome

During home schooling parents may have  noticed their children have difficulties with text or numbers.

The child may be unwilling to read or write, have a short attention span and have problems sitting still when working.

Look at our self test form with your child in mind. If there are several symptoms in one or more sections then email or ring. 

Stress & Anxiety

Irlen Syndrome can lead to low confidence, fatigue, physical discomfort and increasing levels of under achievement.

The individual can exhibit various symptoms ranging from depression, fatigue, sleep problems, eating disorders and panic attack, to behavioural problems and distress


Irlen Syndrome is not a reading difficulty. Even though some with Irlen Syndrome do have a problem with reading. Prior to testing for dyslexia, an Irlen assessment should be carried out  as some of the problems may be  due to Irlen Syndrome.


If the letters and words on a page blur or move, then reading and writing will be affected.  Irlen Syndrome is easily remediated. These symptoms are not dyslexia nor dyslexic tendencies.

Irlen Syndrome can exist in addition to the problems that are experienced by those suffering from Dylsexia (problems with the written word), Dyscalculia (number identification), Dyspraxia ( clumsy child syndrome), Dysphasia (difficulty with using and understanding language), and Dysgraphia (problems writing).


The full diagnostic process consists of screening to check if a client has Irlen Syndrome and if the Irlen method will help them. This can lead on to a full diagnostic session and Irlen spectral filters.

Irlen East has a network of Irlen qualified screeners throughout East Anglian counties.

The self test page will help you find how Irlen Syndrome can impinge on the quality of life


A sample of disturbances that some individuals have described with Irlen Syndrome before having Irlen tinted  spectral filter lenses

Benefit of Irlen Method

Irlen Syndrome is not a vision problem in the accepted sense and sufferers  often have no difficulty with reading.

Irlen Syndrome is a complex condition which causes stress to the individual resulting in a variety of problems.


Headaches & Migraine

Many sufferers have found that Irlen Spectral filters have reduced the number and severity of their headaches or migraines and also reduced the medication needed.

The self test page will help you find how Irlen Syndrome may affect the quality of life

Irlen Pukka-Pads

A4 lined and  hole punched, ideal for students and workplace use.

Avalable in six colours- Green, Lavender, Gold, Turquoise, Rose and Parrot ( a dark green)

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