Vision characteristics of individuals identified as Irlen Filter candidates

J Am Optom Assoc. 1990 Aug;61(8):600-5.


Individuals with "scotopic sensitivity syndrome" have been reported to have visual symptoms including eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, double vision and words moving on the page. This study was designed to investigate Irlen's claims that these symptoms are unrelated to vision anomalies. She suggests that the use of Irlen tinted lenses/filters relieves these symptoms and results in improved reading performance. Thirty nine subjects (age 10-49) were recruited by advertising for a study of Irlen Filters/Lenses. Before the Irlen screening all subjects received an optometric examination. The results of this study demonstrate that 95 percent of the subjects identified as candidates for Irlen Filters did have significant and readily identifiable vision anomalies. Fifty seven percent of the subjects had received vision care within the past year, yet testing revealed that 90 percent of these subjects had significant vision problems that had not been corrected.

MeSH terms

  • Accommodation, Ocular
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Convergence, Ocular
  • Eyeglasses*
  • Filtration
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / complications
  • Middle Aged
  • Syndrome
  • Vision Disorders / complications
  • Vision Disorders / physiopathology
  • Vision Disorders / therapy*