Syntonic phototherapy is a program offered at Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita that has helped many patients with conditions such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and sleep problems. The program is also beneficial for those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. In this blog, we will discuss how light therapy works and its potential benefits for patients.
Syntonic phototherapy is a form of light therapy that uses specific frequencies of light to improve treatment outcomes for various conditions. The therapy involves exposing the eyes to specific frequencies of light using a device called a syntonic photometer, which can be adjusted to deliver light at different wavelengths and intensities. The goal of the therapy is to balance the body's production of hormones and neurotransmitters, which can be disrupted by factors such as stress and changes in the seasons. It is also used to treat certain eye disorders discussed below.
The first step in the light therapy program is to determine the appropriate lens filter for you. The filters range from blue to red and all the colors in between. When light passes through one of these specific filters, it can stimulate different areas of the midbrain or brainstem, releasing certain chemicals that stimulate the parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system. The goal is to create a balance between these two systems, which helps improve symptoms.
The program also includes mapping of the visual fields for color. This helps determine which colors will stimulate you most effectively, and you are then prescribed the appropriate filters to take home. You will then use the filters for at least three weeks, either every morning or every night, depending on what is determined to be the best program for you.
Normally syntonics is done in combination with other treatment modalities to produce quicker and more effective outcomes. Typically syntonic phototherapy is combined with neuro optometric rehabilitation therapy or vision therapy, which may also include the use of special filters or prism lenses.
Some of the conditions that may warrant syntonic phototherapy include:
Why are follow up visits important?
When you return for follow-up visits, the visual fields will be repeated to see if they have changed over time. The idea is that the visual field may be constricted or narrow at the beginning of therapy, but as you progress, the fields tend to open up and get larger. As the fields get larger, you might often experience positive changes, such as increased energy and better sleep. Symptoms such as headaches and nausea may also decrease.
Syntonic phototherapy, a form of light therapy, can play an important role in the effective treatment for certain eye conditions. However, it's essential to understand that light therapy may not be suitable for everyone, and some conditions may require alternative treatments. That's why it's crucial to consult with our eye doctor, Dr. Carl Garbus, FAAO, who is well-versed and experienced in syntonic phototherapy before starting the treatment.
The team at Amplify EyeCare Santa Clarita is more than happy to provide you with additional information about this therapy and assist you in determining if it's the right option for you. Our clinic is a leading provider of neuro optometric rehabilitation services and we are proud to serve patients from all over California who have functional vision issues following a head injury or stroke, including those from Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster, and San Fernando Valley.