Vision Problems in Autism and
Asperger Syndrome

The Irlen Institute states approximately 50% of those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome have the following types of difficulties which can by helped by the Irlen Method:

  • Looks in a series of short glances
  • Looks away from visual targets
  • Squints or looks down
  • Finger flicks
  • Sideway glances
  • Poor eye contact
  • Rubs or pushes on eyes
  • Mesmerized by colors, patterns, or light
  • Behavior changes in bright lights or sunlight
  • Poor spatial or body awareness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulties with stairs, escalators, or catching balls
  • Poor small or gross motor coordination

Research: Vision Problems in Autism

Behavioral changes in autistic individuals as a result of wearing ambient transitional prism lenses

Postural orientation modifications in autism in response to ambient lenses

Spatial orientation adjustments in children with autism in Hong Kong


During a vision therapy visit, we witnessed an amazing Conventional Eye and Sensorymotor Diagnostic Exam for MJ at age 12. For the first time, we witnessed an immediate ability for him to perform better, be self-confident and more relaxed. Click here to learn about our personal experiences with vision therapy.

Resources: Vision Problems in Autism


Ambient Lenses for Children With Autism

Behavioral Optometrists
Irlen Lenses or Prism Lenses

Irlen Institute
5380 Village Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 496-2550
(562) 429-8699 (fax)
Send e-mail

Referrals to Behavioral Optometrists

College of Optometrists in Vision Development
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 310
St. Louis, MO 663141-7851
(888) 268-3770

Vision Problems In
African American Children

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