What is the Irlen Method?


The Irlen Method uses coloured overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information. This method can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention & concentration while reducing light sensitivity. It is a colour based technology that filters out offensive light waves so the brain can accurately process visual information. It is important to note, this is not the same other methods that have copied Irlen, Irlen is the original and most comprehensive method.

The Irlen method is a two-stage process:

Stage 1 – problem identification

Your first screening will determine whether you are suffering from Irlen Syndrome which will be completed by a Certified Irlen Screener.

Stage 2 – colour choice

A second screening will determine the most appropriate lens and filter colours for you. Everyone is different. Colour is key to the success of the program and can only be determined after diagnostic assessment by a certified educational professional trained in the Irlen Method.

The second screening is only for individuals who show moderate to significant improvement with coloured overlays. In this session, we target the precise wave lengths of light causing your problems by using a limitless number of colour filter combinations. Your precision colour can be worn as glasses or contact lenses. A colour worn as glasses will not be the same as a plastic overlay colour. If your problems are related to number computation, copying, depth perception, light sensitivity, and headaches, coloured glasses are your best treatment option because they correct problems with the printed page and the environment.

Wearing the wrong colour can actually cause or worsen your problems. Testing to identify your correct coloured glasses can only be conducted by a Certified Irlen Diagnostician.