Using light as a healing tool may sound like a foreign concept, but is actually more common than one would expect. For example, physicians use blue light therapy to treat infants born with jaundice and use white light to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Dentists use light therapy to bond teeth. Optometrists use syntonic phototherapy to treat visual dysfunctions.
Syntonic phototherapy is the use of specific frequencies and wavelengths of light to improve balance in the body’s regulatory centers. Eye doctors have been using syntonic therapy for over 70 years to treat amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn), and focusing/ convergence problems.
This unique therapy benefits more than vision and can help with learning disorders, chronic headaches, or reducing the effects of brain injuries, stress, trauma, and concussion. Syntonic phototherapy is effective when directed under the guidance of a neuro-optometrist, so have a conversation with our doctors to see whether you can benefit as well.
“Syntony” means balance, and in this case refers to the balance of an integrated nervous system. The autonomic nervous system consists of the sympathetic (“fight or flight”) and parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) nervous system. The colored light used in syntonic phototherapy stimulates the visual system which, in turn, changes the biochemistry of the brain. The color used to stimulate this change depends on the specific condition of the patient. For example, red light stimulates the sympathetic nervous system while blue light stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
To monitor the change and treatment progress, the pupil reaction, functional visual field, and binocularity measured before and during a phototherapy session. Once the balance of the two systems is restored, the results are usually long-lasting.
Syntonic phototherapy is often used in conjunction with vision therapy, eyeglasses, or optical aids, and proven to achieve any of the following results:
Improved visual acuity and contrast
Improved visual attention
Improved quality of sleep and digestion
Reduced eye strain
Reduced light/allergic sensitivity
Improved diet and appetite
Reduced cravings for sugar, caffeine, and smoking
Improved reproductive functions
Some weight loss, despite greater yet more appropriate appetite
Every patient responds differently to treatment since all brains are unique, but most are surprised at the gains acquired. If you are interested in hearing more about syntonic phototherapy or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call Revision Optix and schedule a consultation.
We serves patients in Simpsonville , Greenville, Mauldin, Taylors, and throughout South Carolina.