Brawley optometrist Dr. Donald L. Barniske was elected to a second term as president of the College of Syntonic Optometry Board of Directors at the organization’s recent annual meeting in San Diego.
Barniske's re-election came during the organization's 79th International Conference on Light and Vision, which included presentations from leading light researchers and practitioners from as far away as Israel and Switzerland.
Phototherapy, both in terms of research being reported and the clinical education we are now offering to help practitioners better meet their patients' needs,” he said.
Barniske noted the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in Pomona is working with CSO to add the study of Syntonic Phototherapy to its curriculum. At the same time, a growing number of optometrists in Europe and Australia, many of whom attended the conference, have added Syntonic Phototherapy to their practices to expand the range of therapeutic options they can offer patients.
Syntonic Phototherapy uses visible frequencies of light, seen as color, to enhance visual attention and the ability to expand and process how an individual sees.
Conditions such as headaches, eyestrain, reading problems, attention deficit, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus, or crossed eyes, are effectively treated with Syntonic phototherapy, he added. Additionally, phototherapy is used to treat the visual consequences of stress and trauma, including brain injury.
Barniske practices at the Vision Care Center of Southeastern California at 260 Main St., in Brawley.