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Discover the Remarkable Results of Light Therapy for Vision Disorders

Light therapy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when researching treatment options for your child’s (or your own) vision disorder.  In fact, you may never have been aware of this type of vision therapy, as few offices in this area provide this service.  But light therapy, also called Syntonics, is an extremely effective way to treat many different kinds of vision conditions – and we are lucky to have Dr. Santoyo-Johnson, the only optometrist in this area who is a Board Certified Fellow in light therapy by the College of Syntonic Optometry.

What is Syntonics Light Therapy?

Syntonics is an advanced form of light therapy in which various colored lights are used to target and correct a variety of vision problems.  Research has shown that applying light through the eyes to affect the regions of the brain that are responsible for the body’s hormonal and chemical balance, as well as visual function, can help restore balance in the body and improve vision problems.  While it is a complex scientific theory, the actual therapy is provided comfortably in our office and can produce extraordinary results for a wide array of vision conditions and disorders.

What Vision Disorders Can it Treat?

Syntonics light therapy is an effective form of treatment for a variety of vision problems including:

  • Strabismus – both eyes do not look in the same place at the same time
  • Amblyopia – decreased vision in one or both eyes due to abnormal development
  • Visual attention deficit – lack of ability to sustain focus on one thing in a group
  • Constricted visual field – narrowing of field of vision or limited peripheral vision
  • Convergence issues – blurred or double vision when looking at close objects

Visit Family Vision Development Center for your complete evaluation where we will create your custom vision therapy plan using proven Syntonics light therapy procedures.  Our successful treatment programs not only improve patients’ visual abilities, but can lead to lasting improvement in their overall sense of emotional well-being and enjoyment of life.  Contact our Aurora office at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment.


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Colored Contacts: Important Information to Protect Your Vision

Have you ever considered what your eyes would look like in a different hue?  Maybe you want to change things up by adding a pop of purple to your normally brown eyes. Or with Halloween right around the corner, you may be thinking about some fun cat eyes to go along with your costume.  Colored contacts can definitely change your appearance, but are they the right choice?  Read on for some important information before making your decision.

Are colored contacts prescription lenses?

All colored contacts should be prescribed by an eye doctor, and are available whether you require vision correction or not.  In other words, if you have 20/20 vision, or if you need some kind of vision-correcting eyewear, you can still try out a fun new eye color.  However, there are a few things you should know regardless of your visual acuity.

  • Decorative or special effects lenses are still considered by the FDA to be regulated medical devices and therefore should never be purchased from a random online retailer. In fact, non-prescription decorative lenses are likely to be improperly sized and can cut, scratch or infect your eyes.  This can lead to lasting vision problems or even vision loss.  We can prescribe these types of contacts with the correct lens measurements and expiration date so you avoid eye damage.
  • If you do need vision correction, colored contacts can provide many of the same options as standard contacts. For instance, you can select from daily disposable, weekly or monthly lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.  Plus you’ll get to choose from a variety of tints to enhance, or completely change, your eye color.

What is the proper care for colored contacts?

Caring for colored contacts is the same as caring for standard contacts, and it is very important to care for them properly in order to avoid serious damage to your eyes or vision.  Whether you are using colored lenses for vision correction or for decorative use, the following tips can help ensure your overall eye health:

  • Never share your lenses with anyone
  • Follow your eye doctor’s recommendations as to how often to replace your lenses
  • Clean the lenses with disinfecting solution each time you remove them
  • Store them in a clean case in fresh disinfecting solution. Change the solution regularly and never use water.

At Family Vision Development Center, we have a great selection of standard and colored contacts to choose from.  We are committed to providing the best eye care for your whole family and will work with you to determine which options best meet your needs.  Our Aurora location conveniently offers services for comprehensive eye exams, glasses and contacts, and advanced vision therapy treatments.  Contact us at 630-862-2020 for more information or to schedule your appointment.

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