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SYN: Syntonic Phototherapy

Syntonics or Syntonic phototherapy involves prescribing certain light wavelengths through the eyes to balance the brain and body and to improve treatment and healing times in a large variety of conditions

Who would be good candidates for Syntonic Phototherapy?

It has been used since the early 1900’s for treating visual dysfunctions to include:
  • Strabismus (eye turns)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Focusing and convergence problems
  • Reduced peripheral awareness
  • Learning disorders
  • Visual stress
  • Brain injury
  • Emotional disorders like anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

How Does Syntonic Phototherapy Work?

Have you ever noticed that you feel more alert when you see the colors of a sunrise and more calm and relaxed when you see the colors of the sunset? Did you know that our bodies were programmed to respond differently to different wavelengths of light?
For example, there is a certain combination of wavelengths from the blue spectrum that is able to calm anxiety and distress by decreasing the “spill” of adrenaline into the body. This is extremely useful in today’s society because anxiety and stress make it more difficult to focus our attention at near distances for tasks such as reading or working on the computer.
These wavelengths use visual pathways in the brain to control centers such as the hypothalamus and pineal gland. These centers influence electrical, chemical, and hormonal balances within the brain and body.  Many eye conditions occur because there is an imbalance in the endocrine function of a body. When the autonomic nervous system is out of balance due to visual overload or stress, the visual system shuts down and compresses the amount of visual information it can take in, similar to looking through a tube rather than a picture window.
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Controlled clinical studies by Dr. Robert Michael Kaplan and Dr. Jacob Liberman proved that the usual result of this relatively short-term treatment is 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.
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