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                  Dr. Michael J. Dunn, Optometrist

The Family Vision Center, 2704 82nd St., Lubbock, TX 79423


Light Therapy

Dr. Michael J. Dunn, Optometrist                                   Member:
The Family Vision Center                                               South Plains Optometric Association
Special Vision Needs Clinic                                          Optometric Extension Program
2704 82nd Street                                
Lubbock, Texas   79423                     
Phone (806)745-2222 


                                                                              Light Stimulation

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

       Throughout recorded history, societies have placed great value on light even to the point of

worshipping “Sun Gods”.  Now modern science has proven that without light there would be no life. 

Plants grow by converting light energy into their food and the building blocks of  their flowers, leaves,

stems, and roots.  Animals eat plants to acquire the light energy the plants have stored up.  Animals

eat other animals to acquire that same light energy.

Without light, there would be no life.

        But light also affects animals and people.  The Egyptians used light passing through precious gems

for certain ailments.  The Greeks built solarium cities in the high mountains to concentrate ultra violet light

to treat tuberculosis, and red light was used to overcome the effects of small pox.  At the present, blue light

is used to treat jaundiced infants, and white light is used to treat seasonal depression, and special wave

lengths of light are used to activate chemicals circulating through the blood vessels or our eyes to treat one

type of macular degeneration.  

    Clinical use of selected colors of light began to be used in Optometry in the 1920’s to assist in treatment of

certain vision conditions, and vision conditions resulting from certain general health conditions.  

    How does light entering our eyes affect our vision and general health?  Almost 50% of the nerves in our

eyes are connected to areas of our brains that are not used for seeing.  These non-seeing areas help to

regulate our hormone system and nervous system.  Light also affects us by causing chemical reactions in our

blood.  Just as a certain color of light is used to fluoresce an injected drug in the vessels of our eyes to treat

one type of macular degeneration, the different colors in regular light react with the blood circulating through

our eyes to affect our immune system and hormone levels.  Since all of the blood in our body circulates through

our eyes every two hours, the affects of the correct colors of light can be quite dramatic for some people.

    How do we determine what colors of light would cause the desired affects and how are the colors

administered?  The correct colors are determined by your medical history, any symptoms you are having,

and testing to determine how much and what kind of stress your nervous system is experiencing.  The correct

light color can then be administered passively through tinted lenses or visors or actively with different

equipment that will project light into your eyes.

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Lubbock Optometrist Family Vision Center is a certified Optometrist specializing in Light Therapy, Cataracts, Glaucoma, eyecare, lasik and much more in Lubbock, TX. We also do Home and all work related in the 79423 area and surrounding areas in Lubbock