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Irlen® Syndrome Symptoms

Behaviors Associated with Individuals with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome may be:

  • Lose their place on the page easily
  • Skip words, lines, or reread words or lines
  • Squint, open their eyes wide, rub their eyes, or have red and watery eyes
  • Be able to see only a small portion of page in focus - the rest may be blurry
  • Move around or move the book in order to get it in focus
  • Display a short attention span because of eye strain or fatigue while reading
  • Experience nausea because of movement seen on the page
  • Get a headache after reading for awhile
  • Shade the page or move it to avoid glare
  • Be fidgety or restless while reading
  • Prefer to read in a dim light
  • Make errors when copying from the board
  • Misalign numbers in math problems
  • Have slow and choppy reading
  • Be unable to stay on task
  • Be an underachiever

General Characteristics

  • Reading is boring
  • Poor reader
  • Avoids reading
  • Rereads for comprehension
  • Lack of sustained attention
  • Shows strain and fatigue

Specific Reading Difficulties

  • Skips words or lines
  • Repeats or rereads lines
  • Frequently loses place letters and words
  • Reading is slow or hesitant
  • Reads in a "stop and go" rhythm from book or chalkboard
  • Omits small words
  • Reading deteriorates
  • Complaints While Reading
  • Headaches or nausea
  • Burning or itching eyes columns
  • Sandy, scratchy, dry eyes
  • Falls asleep in correct column
  • Eyes hurt or aches
  • Print not clear and sharp
  • Background bright and uncomfortable

Observations While Reading

  • Rubs eyes Depth Perception
  • Moves closer to or farther from page
  • Excessive blinking off of escalators
  • Squinting
  • Opens eyes wide
  • Shades the page corners or door jambs
  • Must incorporate breaks into reading
  • Closes or covers one eye distances
  • Moves head
  • Reads very close to the page over
  • Reads word-by-word
  • Uses finger or other marker
  • Unable to skim or speed read

Complaints When Using Computers

  • Strain and fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Print distortions
  • Screen breathes or pulsates
  • Glare

Writing

  • Writes uphill or downhill
  • Unequal spacing between letters and words
  • Makes errors copying from book or chalkboard
  • Squints or blinks when copying from chalkboard

Mathematics

  • Misaligns digits in number
  • Difficulty seeing numbers
  • Sloppy, careless errors

Music

  • Plays mostly by ear and has difficulty reading musical notes

Depth Perception

  • Moves closer to or farther from page
  • Difficulty getting on and off of escalators
  • Walks or bumps into table or door jambs
  • Difficulty judging distances
  • Drops or knocks things over
  • Difficulty hitting or catching a ball
  • Clumsy

This information was reproduced from Irlen® International; Copyright  © 1998- 2006 by Perceptual Development Corp/Helen Irlen®.  All rights reserved.

 

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