Vision Enhancement for School, Work and Sports
Syntonic Phototherapy, also known as Optometric Phototherapy, is today's most advanced branch of clinical science in light therapy. It is the use of visible light frequencies (or color), through the eyes, to enhance visual attention and the ability to comprehend what we see. Syntonic Phototherapy has been used clinically for over ninety years in the field of optometry and is proven to be both safe and effective with a high rate of success.
Syntonic Phototherapy is an effective treatment for visual and visually related conditions such as headaches, eyestrain, reading problems, and attention deficit. It is also used to treat the visual consequences of stress and trauma including traumatic brain injury (which can occur even without a concussion).
The goal of Syntonic Phototherapy is to treat eye conditions by balancing the autonomic nervous system, which controls our perceptual visual field. Light entering the eyes not only allows us to see but also joins together other important brain centers such as the hypothalmus and pineal gland to allow normal visual processing to occur. Color light therapy, through the eyes, can act as a powerful tool to stimulate the biochemistry of the brain by way of the retinal-hypothalmic system.
Phototherapy and Vision:
Children with learning disabilities and adults under visual stress often have reduced perceptual visual fields. This affects the volume of information they can process through their eyes. A reduced perceptual visual field affects all aspects of daily living including academic achievement, work proficiency and athletic performance.
Symptoms of a limited perceptual visual field include loss of place while reading, skipping of lines or words, words moving on the page and reduced comprehension. Limited peripheral awareness may lead to difficulty with balance, coordination, driving and sports performance.
Evaluation and Treatment:
Syntonic Phototherapy Evaluation begins with an assessment of symptoms, eye tracking ability, binocular eye coordination, visual motor performance, pupillary reaction to light and peripheral vision sensitivity. The perceptual visual field is tested for size, perception of motion and response to color.
Each person receives and individualized treatment plan. The most common treatment protocol is twenty minutes of color light therapy completed three to five times per week for a total of twenty sessions. Progress evaluation is important during the therapy and the specific colors of light used may be modifed during treatment.