Welcome Patients and Friends to our new blog page!
We are very excited to share with you our insights regarding vision, vision therapy, Syntonics, or “light therapy,” and so much more. This office is truly a family of people who care about each other and our patients. I might be biased, but I hope you’ll agree, we are a supportive team, we love what we do, and we thoughtfully and intelligently strive to be better each day, both in and out of the office!
It’s always nice to be able to share authentically from personal experience. This morning I had my first experience with Syntonics. Each week, Dr. Semenza brings new and interesting material to go over during our staff meeting. This past Tuesday, Dana and I had the privilege to give each other a Syntonics visual fields test. For patients, this is done alone, as a separate visit, or as part of an evaluation prior to selecting a vision therapy program. Syntonics, or light therapy, is a non-invasive technique used to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into balance.
“This use of syntonics, or light therapy, is not a new phenomenon. In fact, syntonics has been used throughout history.
The Greeks built solarium cities in high mountains to harness ultra-violet rays for healing tuberculosis and to quell the smallpox virus. Medical practitioners throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries used light to heal.
In the 1920s, clinical application of selected light frequencies began. H. Riley Spitler theorized about the relationship between light and the eyes in biological function and development, and he developed “Syntonics,” a term derived from the word “Syntony,” which means to bring the body into balance. Spitler’s model suggested that the red light at one end of the visible spectrum stimulated the sympathetic nervous system, and indigo activated the parasympathetic nervous system.*
(*The sympathetic nervous system controls functions such as blood pressure and heart rate – the “fight-or-flight” responses – while the parasympathetic is responsible for stimulation of “rest and digest” activities)” (http://www.thevisiontherapycenter.com/discovering-vision-therapy/bid/83035/Syntonic-Phototherapy-Yielding-Eye-Opening-Results).
So, don’t we all need a little more balance in our lives?! In non-scientific speech, from my fields test, Dr. Semenza was able to prescribe a lemony-soft-green-color-combo for me to use. I practice meditation daily, so sitting for ten minutes staring at this beautiful color was not an issue for me. As I gazed into the light, it started to appear as last week’s incredible full moon did, simply floating in the sky.
When the timer went off, I must say, my eyes were a bit achy, but I was very relaxed, yet alert. In fact, I got right down to writing this blog post! 😉
If you have any questions regarding Syntonics or particular topics that you’d like addressed, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Check in on our weekly blog, Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram; we look forward to seeing you, pun intended!