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Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome - A Dyslexic Disorder

Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome - A Dyslexic Disorder

Scotopic sensitivity syndrome is a learning disability in children. It is also known as perceptual dyslexia. Know more about its symptoms and treatments.

Children love to have fun. There are very few children who like to study. Children feel as if they are being tortured when parents ask them to study. However there are some children who face learning disabilities like dyslexia. It is a very hard time for them to cope with studies. However some changes in teaching and learning pattern can prove to be a miracle for them. One such disorder which is observed in children as well as adults is scotopic sensitivity syndrome. Read and to know more about this type of dyslexia disorder.

What is scotopic sensitivity syndrome?

This disorder is also referred as Irlen syndrome. This disorder affects vision, making reading and writing difficult. It is also known as perceptual dyslexia. It is caused as a result of inappropriate brain-eye co-ordination. Though these children are unable to read and write their intellectual level is high. This disability makes parents and teachers think that children suffering from it are inattentive in class or they need more reading and writing practice. All that they need is proper eye treatment. They cannot read because the words appear to be moving, blurring, washing out, melting and flipping to them.

Symptoms of scotopic sensitivity syndrome

Here are some of the commonly observed symptoms of scotopic sensitivity syndrome. These symptoms may not be caused as a result of long or short sightedness.

  • Excessive eye-strain
  • Headache and migraine
  • Disability to read because letters appearing to be moving
  • Eyes are sensitive to light
  • Limited clarity in vision
  • Difficulty in concentration on studies and other work
  • Poor judgment of distance between the objects due to eye problems

Treating scotopic sensitivity syndrome

There are two possible ways of treating this disability. This treatment includes usage of tinted glass or coloured transparencies. Have a quick look and find out how these treatments can help dyslexic children.

Tinted glasses

Use of tinted glasses is useful for coping with the reading as well as other traits of scotopic sensitivity syndrome. These glasses should be used only under expert's prescription. Use of tinted glasses brings about significant improvements in the affected vision. The use of such glasses also helps to reduce stress and cope with other symptoms of scotopic sensitivity syndrome.

Coloured transparencies

Using colored transparencies help to reduce the moving letters and words while reading. It also prevents letters from fading away in front of the eyes. It enables the reader to read without stressing eyes. It helps to cope with headaches and migraines. You should take help of an expert to select the right coloured transparencies for your child. You can also select the colour which your child feels comfortable to read with.

You should always perceive that there are several reasons because of which children are not able to study. Paying attention in class and practice are important for every child. Disorders like scotopic sensitivity syndrome are hurdles in life of children for being attentive and studious. However, many parents are unaware of this disorder. They ask their child to study hard instead of helping them with this disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment of this disorder will help to make the future of the child better.

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Kelly.7 years ago
I have this condition and I am an adult. My children and grandchildren have it. In this country, US, what I have experienced here is that it is lightly recognized. How would you recommend I approach professionals to tell them about this?
aakash.8 years ago
a well written and informative article.....very nice effort by the team members.
Preetam Sube
Preetam Sube.8 years ago
does this mean that any kid who has the following symptoms is suffering from this disorder. is there any test to diagnose the problem?
Parag Thenil
Parag Thenil.8 years ago
eenagers suffering from learning disability or any other psychological disorder need specialized treatments and effective parenting tips. Parenting programs are effective in eliminating the depressive behavior, emotional and behavioral problems. Advices offered by experts have efficacy to produce long term positive results
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