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Optometric Phototherapy

Syntonics, or optometric phototherapy, is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes. It has been used clinically for over 70 years in the field of optometry with continued success in the treatment of visual dysfunctions, including strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the after-effects of stress and trauma.

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Optometric Phototherapy - otherwise known as Syntonics -  is the practice of exposing the eyes to select frequencies of visible light as a way of balancing the autonomic and endocrine systems to support the eye and vision.  Many ocular sensory and motor dysfunctions are symptoms of autonomic (nervous system) imbalance. Optometric Phototherapy is the most effective method to restore lost sensitivity in the visual field so common with many visual dysfunctions. Limited perceptual visual fields can create problems with attention, memory, balance, depth perception, coordination, reading and sports performance.

Over 90 years of research by Neuro-Optometric specialists has shown that administering prescribed light exposure can stimulate non-seeing parts of the brain that coordinate with the brain centers that control visual function.  This practice, when used in conjunction with sensory and motor exercises, has been shown to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of vision therapy. A typical Optometric Phototherapy course at Whole Picture involves weekly treatments in a clinical setting along with exercises performed at home at least 5 times a week for 8-12 weeks.

Learn More at College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO)

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