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Read on to understand how accurate diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome can provide immediate improvement of symptoms, function and quality of life.
A stroke can occur in utero and any age beyond. A stroke can happen when the brain loses its blood supply. The part of the body that the blood-deprived section of the brain control stop working.
When caught and treatment is provided early many symptoms can reverse but often there are residual issues that may take intervention and time to improve but as the brain heals, minimizing stress can improve outcomes and provide immediate relief. Visual stress, light sensitivity and visual distortions can affect depth perception which in turn can impact walking, moving up and down stairs, driving, sports performance and motor coordination aw well as learning and working productively with attention and focus.
Irlen syndrome, or light sensitivity, a sensory processing disorder can result and never go away. Properly diagnosing this issue is crucial to maximizing recovery and return of functions such as reading and other academic and work related skills such as working at the computer, handwriting and copying.
The Aftermath of a Stroke
Many of the difficulties and sensitivities patients deal with during stroke recovery can be helped by properly diagnosing visual sensory processing problems and light sensitivity and its affects. A specially trained Irlen screener and diagnostician can provide that specialized testing and Irlen method using colored overlays and specially tinted lenses worn as rx or non- rx glasses or contact lenses can provide immediate improvement in the following:
- Sensitivity to environmental stressors like clutter, lighting, patterns, uneven surfaces and riding in moving vehicles
- Convergence insufficiency and binocular vision
- Visual tracking difficulties
- Visual discrimination difficulties
- Light sensitivity especially to fluorescent or bright lights and glare
- Chronic migraines or headaches exacerbated by light and visual attention to detail and text
- Attention deficits (ADD/ADHD) impacting sustained attention for completing learning or work-related tasks and daily activities
- Decreased tolerance to stress and emotional instability, depression, anxieties
- Memory deficits impacting learning and skill acquisition
- Problem-solving issues
- Behavioral problems that are exacerbated by emotional, mental and physical stress
How Can the Irlen Method and Abilities OT & Irlen Diagnosticians Help?
An Irlen screening is designed to provide controlled and intentional visual stress and distortions in a variety of lighting situations, reading and visually stressful activities, and mind/body functioning during daily activities and immediate benefits can be implemented to see if the child or adults functioning improves with intervention. Irlen diagnostic testing is an in-depth testing session lasting 2-4 hours which premising determines if Irlen spectral filters and environmental modifications can improve reading/math, handwriting, visual stress causing headaches/migraines, depth perception, tolerance to light even fluorescents and much more.
To see whether or not the Irlen method, environmental modifications or accommodations could help you, testing by a specially trained practitioner is crucial. This information will also help therapists, educators, HR managers, and other medical professionals including eye care professionals to more effectively remediate symptoms and function. For example, when stress is reduced interventions like OT, PT, massage therapy, acupuncture, and immune system function can improve and keep improving as less and less stress is achieved with greater skill and function and enjoyment of daily living emerges. Over 70% of stroke survivors have some degree of Irlen syndrome (from mild to severe) which can limit functioning and health and wellness. Over 15% of people in the world have at least some degree of light sensitivity, and many of those with dealing with stroke recovery can benefit from Irlen lenses and accommodations.
Testing provides immediate feedback and eliminates guesswork and trial and error. If you are dealing with light sensitivity, visual stress and distortions, migraines/headaches, sad, AD/ADHD, or memory difficulties, schedule a one hour testing session with a certified Irlen screener or diagnostician asap and save time, money and the agony of living with treatable undiagnosed or misdiagnosed stress. Abilities OT & Irlen diagnostic center staff can guide you through the process and help you or a loved one live with greater comfort, ease and enjoyment.