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Light Therapy

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Light Therapy, also known as Syntonics or Optometric Phototherapy, is the use of specific frequencies of visible light projected into the eyes, to enhance visual efficiency and visual information processing. It has been used by Behavioral Optometrists for over 70 years in the treatment of such visual dysfunctions as strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and eye teaming problems, as well as learning disorders. In recent studies, Syntonics has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and various emotional disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Coleman Vision is one of just a very few clinics in the Four States to offer this life changing treatment to our patients.

A child with visual related learning difficulties often has constricted visual fields. This means that in cases where there is an excess of visual information coming into the eyes, more than the child can process in a single eye movement, the visual field often reduces in size. This affects the amount of visual information that a person can see and understand.

The most common symptoms associated with reduced visual fields are words moving, or merging and skipping lines or words due to the difficulty that the child has in directing their eyes correctly. Constricted visual fields also affect one’s visual-spatial awareness which is the ability to accurately perceive and judge where objects are in one’s visual space world. Symptoms include poor eye/hand/body coordination which oftentimes results in poor organizational skills, poor handwriting, clumsiness and an overall “lost in space” appearance.

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For more information about Light Therapy, we recommend the College of Syntonic Optometry’s website which can be found at:

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