Superhero Secrets: Helen Irlen

“I hate reading.”

To avid readers, it’s a statement that’s difficult to comprehend. But lots of people hate reading. It’s not that they’re bad at reading – but reading gives them a headache, or they get incredibly tired.

30 years ago, Helen Irlen wanted to find out why. What she discovered has changed thousands of lives since, and is what lands her on today’s episode of Superhero Secrets.

“When your eyes are open, your brain is being flooded by light, which is basically all the colors of the rainbow traveling at different speeds,” Helen explains in the above video. “There are certain of those colors or wavelengths of light which the timing is off.”

People in which that timing is off experience headaches, distortion and exhaustion when reading. This condition is today known as Irlen’s Syndrome -but Helen didn’t stop there. She patented a set of colored lenses that correct this timing issue, and has spent her life making sure everyone can read comfortably for long periods of time. As Founder and Executive Director of the Irlen Institute, she has helped over a million people.

Today, Helen runs 156 clinics around the world. So how does she stay in tip-top shape? And who does this incredible woman, a role model for so many, consider her real-life superhero? Watch the video above to find out!

Want more? Learn more about Helen and the Irlen Institute, then let us know what you thought in the comments, on Facebook, or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

“I hate reading.”

To avid readers, it’s a statement that’s difficult to comprehend. But lots of people hate reading. It’s not that they’re bad at reading – but reading gives them a headache, or they get incredibly tired.

30 years ago, Helen Irlen wanted to find out why. What she discovered has changed thousands of lives since, and is what lands her on today’s episode of Superhero Secrets.

“When your eyes are open, your brain is being flooded by light, which is basically all the colors of the rainbow traveling at different speeds,” Helen explains in the above video. “There are certain of those colors or wavelengths of light which the timing is off.”

People in which that timing is off experience headaches, distortion and exhaustion when reading. This condition is today known as Irlen’s Syndrome -but Helen didn’t stop there. She patented a set of colored lenses that correct this timing issue, and has spent her life making sure everyone can read comfortably for long periods of time. As Founder and Executive Director of the Irlen Institute, she has helped over a million people.

Today, Helen runs 156 clinics around the world. So how does she stay in tip-top shape? And who does this incredible woman, a role model for so many, consider her real-life superhero? Watch the video above to find out!

Want more? Learn more about Helen and the Irlen Institute, then let us know what you thought in the comments, on Facebook, or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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