Non-invasive Assessment And Treatment Of Autonomic Function Using Retinal Circuitry | 11771
Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology
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Introduction:Cardiac stress tests are used as an informative method of gathering information regarding cardiovascular tolerance.
An analogous test measuring retinal tolerance is beneficial in assessment and treatment of neurological function. An emerging
subset of optometrists is prescribing customized eyeglasses to influence biochemical and neurological activity in physiological
systems. Viewing the eye as a portal into brain activity, retinal circuitry is used as a conduit into the constant, dynamic interaction
involving parallel cortical and subcortical processes. Neuro-optometry modifies direction, intensity, amount or wavelength of
light to assess and treat tolerance to retinal changes.
This atypical use of eyeglasses leads to more than simply altering central eyesight. Stimulation of three photoreceptor
groups initiates a cascade of signaling in visual and non-visual retinal pathways, resulting in measureable shifts in attention and
Two patients with positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) had frequent symptoms of fainting spells due
to autonomic dysregulation. Each was successfully treated by the use of individualized therapeutic eyeglasses. One pair of lenses
angled light, reflexively inducing a shift in head and body position; the other pair was tinted to filter the incoming wavelength
of light, stimulating the autonomic nervous system. Both patients stopped fainting when wearing the lenses. One patient?s
cardiologist no longer needed to install a pacemaker.
Results suggest the possibility that patients with POTS, who cannot be stabilized with medications, might wear
eyeglasses designed to balance sympathetic and parasympathetic responses. A device to test retinal stress tolerance could provide
a clinical indicator in assessment of brain activity.
Deborah Zelinsky, O.D., F.N.O.R.A. is the founder and clinical director of the Mind-Eye Connection, in Northbrook, Illinois, which emphasizes
functional systems connected to the eye, beyond traditional vision care. She has patented innovative methods of retinal and corneal stimulation
that affect sensory integration and hormonal regulation respectively, and is recognized internationally in her field of neuro-optometric rehabilitation.
Adina S. Gutstein, M.S.N., CRNP, FPCNA, is a certified adult nurse practitioner with extensive experience in cardiac care, practicing in Philadelphia,
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