Vision Therapy For Syntonics
Serving Vaughan, North York, Mississauga, Brampton
What is Syntonic Phototherapy?
Syntonics or optometric phototherapy is a branch of science that uses specific wavelengths of light to treat vision problems. This type of therapy has existed for many years and versions of this science can be seen in the treatment of jaundiced babies with blue light and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) patients treated with white light.
Optometrists have been using light for over 80 years successfully treating visual dysfunctions, including strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the after-effects of stress and trauma. In recent years, Syntonics has been shown to be effective in the treatment of brain injuries and emotional disorders.
How does it work?
Not all retinal (light-sensitive) nerves in the eyes serve vision. Some connect the retina directly to non-visual brain centers such as the hypothalamus and pineal gland. These centers influence electrical, chemical and hormonal balances which affect all body functions including vision. Years of clinical application and research have demonstrated that certain selected light frequencies (colors), applied by way of the eyes to these centers, can produce beneficial results in the body.
Syntonics can be used in conjunction with other vision therapy procedures or alone. In either case, Functional or Colour Visual Field testing is an important part of Syntonics. Currently, home therapy is provided with the use of specific colored goggles and a light source.
Controlled clinical studies by Dr. Robert Michael Kaplan and Dr. Jacob Liberman proved that the usual result of this relatively short-term treatment is an improvement in visual skills, peripheral vision, memory, behavior, mood, general performance, and academic achievement.
They confirmed that large numbers of children with learning problems have a reduction in the sensitivity of their peripheral vision. During and after phototherapy they demonstrated improvement of peripheral vision and visual skills. Control subjects who did not receive therapy showed no improvement in their peripheral vision, symptoms or performance.
Where can I find more information?
Our Website www.boltonoptometry.ca
NORA Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association www.noravisionrehab.com
Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation COVT&R www.visiontherapycanada.com
Optometric Extension Program Foundation www.oepf.org
College of Vision Development www.COVD.org
Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists ACBO www.acbo.org.au