Patients with eye teaming, tracking or focusing problems can see immediate benefit from prescription glasses designed to help the visual system perform more efficiently. These glasses are not solely based on eyesight or visual acuity, but instead help place the visual system back into balance. Therapeutic lenses often involve specialized prisms to help improve peripheral awareness. Most eye doctors are not trained in therapeutic lens prescribing and how they can affect visual performance. Therapeutic Lenses can be prescribed separately or as a part of a complete vision therapy program. Therapeutic Lenses can help:
Not all retinal (light-sensitive) nerves in the eyes serve vision. Some connect the retina directly to non-visual brain centers such as the hypothalamus and pineal gland. These centers influence electrical, chemical and hormonal balances which affect all body functions including vision. Years of clinical application and research have demonstrated that certain selected light frequencies (colors), applied by way of the eyes to these centers, can produce beneficial results. Within the medical community, the benefits of light therapy have been investigated for the treatment of jet lag, PMS, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder and conditions related to the body’s daily rhythms. In addition, exposure to certain colors has also been found to affect behavior, mood and physiological functions.
Controlled clinical studies by Dr. Robert Michael Kaplan and Dr. Jacob Liberman proved that the usual result of phototherapy 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.
At our office, a typical phototherapy program is done at home, 20 minutes per day for four to six weeks with progress evaluations every other week. The majority of patients require only one course of treatment, but more severe cases may require additional courses. Phototherapy can be done by itself or in conjunction with an in-office vision therapy program.