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12 year old girl describes her visual processing difficulties in a typed list All Entries

We had a 12 year old girl come to the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic, Houston/Galveston for Irlen colored glasses. She had previously been diagnosed by us with Irlen Syndrome, which is a visual processing difficulty (so not to do with the eyes but the brain). She had typed out a list of things that she had problems with including “When in a certain light I get a headache, even if I’m not reading”; “Reading sentences that are close together make me want to cross my eyes and scream!”

Her purple overlay (clear, plastic sheet) helped when put over text. She reported “When reading I can focus better and remember more. It helped with headaches and calmed my brain”. She still experienced some difficulty though, as she was sensitive to bright lights and also had problems when writing or doing math as she could not use her overlay when writing on the page.

At the end of the Diagnostic session I checked to make sure the green color worn as glasses helped with all of the points she mentioned in her original list, including reading her play script as she had brought it along. In her own words “I like it, my brain’s calmer, it’s clearer and easier to look at”. She was able to scan for words and could track lines without using her finger.

Her mom agreed to share her daughter’s description of her visual processing difficulties to spread awareness…. does this sound like you or someone you know?



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