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Irlen Diagnostic Clinic Newcastle

What Is Dyslexia?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the meaning of DYSLEXIA is “a disorder involving difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols”.

Can Irlen Syndrome Cause Dyslexia?

Irlen Syndrome is the result of a sensitivity to particular wavelengths of light. This is different for each individual and causes perceptual difficulties when looking at black symbols, print or numbers on white background. It was discovered over twenty years ago by Helen Irlen, a psychologist from California. More information about Irlen Syndrome can be found at

How Can I Tell If I Might Have Irlen Syndrome?

Here is a simple quiz that you can do to determine if you might be suffering from the visual perception problem called Irlen Syndrome. If you answered yes to more than 4 of these questions, then it suggests that you may have Irlen Syndrome and that you should consider contacting us to have a detailed assessment. 

For Irlen Clinics in other areas of Australia, you should visit the website of the Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants. 

Do You Experience Any Of The Following?

  • words blurring, moving, shaking?
  • tiredness after a short time of reading?
  • headaches?
  • sensitivity to light or glare?
  • having to reread lines of print?
  • difficulty maintaining concentration when reading?
  • missing words or lines when reading?
  • difficulty with comprehension?
  • untidy writing?
  • watery, itchy, or stinging eyes when reading?