Eyelights were designed to provide optimal stimulation to the brain using the optic nerve. Glasses designed with flashing lights built to fit behind the lens, they can be programmed to blink on the non-dominant eye in order to strengthen the weaker side of the brain. Since one of the most direct avenues to the brain is via the eye, a child can learn more effectively if they are seeing correctly. And an athlete will perform better because the eye is able to gather all of the information necessary to perform.
Seeing is our dominant sense and primary source for gathering information in learning. Vision problems can have a profound effect on how a child learns. A vision problem can be easily mistaken for a learning problem. For example, children who have visual problems often can’t stay focused on their school work or task at hand. They may be misdiagnosed as ADHD because children with ADHD elicit the same problems in the same areas.
“Untreated eye conditions can worsen and lead to other serious problems, as well as affect learning ability, athletic performance, and self-esteem.” Children and Eye Problems, Prevent Blindness America, 2000
Eyelights therapy will strengthen the weaker eye and help correct many vision problems that may contribute to a child’s learning abilities.
Accommodation (eye focusing)
Visual-motor integration (eye/hand coordination, sports vision)
Eye tracking skills (eyes following a line of print)
Visual perception (visual memory, visual form perception, directionality)
Children who are diagnosed with learning disabilities have a neurotransmitter imbalance and are often not producing enough serotonin. Serotonin is a major chemical in the brain involved in communication between nerves. It is involved in controlling emotions, ability to pay attention, motivation to do things, and ability to think before acting.
Drugs such as Ritalin are used to stimulate the brain into producing elevated levels of serotonin. However, these drugs can cause serious side effects such as tics, insomnia, dependency, and a dramatic decrease in appetite which can lead to stunted growth. Eyelights can promote serotonin production naturally, without the side effects caused by drugs. Eyelights excite the receptors at the back of the retina, which in turn fire to the brain stem in three different areas. One of these areas is the pons, which stimulates A7 and A8 cells into producing serotonin.
Recent studies have shown that children who play video games end up with increased serotonin levels. Again, this is what Eyelights achieves naturally with its light pulses to the brain, while allowing a child to study or play a sport at the same time.
Dopamine in the brain controls motor function and strength of muscle. Eyelights stimulate A9 and A10 cells, located in the mesencephalon of the brain, into producing higher levels of dopamine. Higher dopamine levels can increase a child’s ability to kick a soccer ball, hit a baseball, or throw a football.
Many athletes are wearing Eyelights to help improve their game. Before the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, members of the U.S. Women’s Swim Team were outfitted with the glasses and several went on to win gold medals. One Olympic gold medal swimmer, Lars Frolander from Sweden, was one of the people initially responsible for the research and development of Eyelights. He had begun to see a decrease in his level of athletic performance and sought treatment from Dr. Peter Jaillet, inventor of Eyelights. During the course of treatment, Dr. Jaillet found that light therapy worked best at increasing his physical abilities in and out of the pool. Because Lars often traveled around the world for competitions, he needed portability to the therapy he was receiving in the office. Thus, Eyelights were born!
“I have been using Eyelights with two of my students…after the first wearing of the glasses, I saw significant improvement…Christina is finishing her oral reading with wonderful fluency, her writing is neat and legible (which it was not before)…I am very pleased with the results we are seeing.” Nancy R. – Resource Teacher (Aberdeen Elementary School, Idaho)
“Knowing the overall changes in my son's behavior, we feel the glasses have carried us over a major plateau and into a new area…he now gets himself up with the use of the glasses, rather than being woken and grumpy… he is definitely more aware of others, answers social questions, and responds spontaneously and timely.” Pat F.
“Before using the glasses I was making C’s in school, now I am making A’s and B’s. I am more alert in the classroom and on the field.” Aubrey B.
Do you want to increase your ability to kick a soccer ball, hit a baseball, throw a football, or sink a putt? Eyelights can help you do all that and more. In order for your body to perform at its optimal level, your brain must be working at its optimal level. Right now only half of your brain is functioning at its highest level. Just imagine what you can accomplish on the field if your entire brain is working its hardest.
Everyone has one side of the brain that functions at a higher level than the other (this would be considered your dominant side). Eyelights were designed as glasses emitting light pulses because one of the most direct avenues to the brain is via the eye. By stimulating the non-dominant side of your brain, you allow it to become stronger, thus improving overall performance.
If an athlete has a non-dominant right eye, there will be a weakness of the back muscles on the right side, resulting in decreased tone on that side and increased tone on the dominant side. This causes a shortened gait pattern to occur on dominant side (left), while the non-dominant side has a longer stride. The result is abnormal or uncoordinated movement due to the rotation of the pelvis. Eyelights can stabilize the midline so that both sides become equal and a change in gait pattern occurs.
Many Athletes are Wearing Eyelights Many athletes are wearing Eyelights to help improve their game:
Even Olympic athletes who are at the top of their game are using Eyelights. Before the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, members of the U.S. women’s swim team were outfitted with the glasses. Several went on to win gold medals. Eyelights can give you the added edge in sports where tenths of seconds matter most.
“Eyelights have improved my quickness and stamina…it’s brought a whole new level to my game.” Ted Eck – Pro Soccer Player (formerly with the Dallas Burn)
“I wear Eyelights between soccer games and track events and they help me recover extremely fast.” Ivan Bomgardner – High School Athlete
“I used Eyelights in a golf tournament and they really helped me…I was able to drive with those guys who were in their 60’s.” Newt Flippen – 84-year-old Golfer
“After wearing the glasses I saw improvements in driving distance, accuracy, and balance…Eyelights helped me break through a plateau and have my best year on tour in 5 years.” David Frost – Pro Golfer (10-time winner on PGA Tour)
“Eyelights have made quite a difference in my soccer performance…they make me more alert and aware of things going on around me.” Jessica Price – 13-year-old Soccer Player
Since everyone has one side of the brain that functions at a higher level than the other, there is no limit to the benefits of wearing Eyelights. Eyelights can be worn around the house for a little “pick me up” or at work to keep you more attentive and focused. Wearing Eyelights while exercising can make you more aggressive, yet less tired. Eyelights can also prove beneficial if you suffer from headaches, stress, or lack of energy.
One of the main functions of the light therapy used by Eyelights is to produce higher levels of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin affects the mentality of a person (limbic lobe of the brain). When the brain produces too little serotonin, mood swings, learning problems, and depression can occur. The light pulses will increase serotonin production and aid in the treatment of patients experiencing mental or emotional problems.
Dopamine in the brain controls motor function and strength of muscle. When dopamine is present, one has control of fine motor movements. The lack of dopamine causes movement disorders such as Parkinson’s. Eyelights excite the receptors at the back of the retina, which in turn fire to the brain stem in three different areas. One of these areas is the mesencephalon, the highest center, which stimulates A9 and A10 cells into producing dopamine.
Medial rectus muscles control or have a relationship with the multifidi muscles of the erector spinae group. Due to the homologous column of the body, if the medial rectus is weak, the multifidi muscles will also be inhibited, or hypotonic, allowing for rotations of the spinous processes to occur. When muscle tone is hypertonic on one side of the spine, coupled with growth spurts during puberty, you will see concavities of the spine occurring (scoliosis). Curvatures develop because of the brain's influence on spinal structures, coupled with puberty and growth. As the multifidi are stimulated, tone changes will occur, and changes in the coupling of the spine are at this point recognized.
During the winter months, many people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, which is a form of depression caused by a decrease in the number of hours of daylight. In some people, a decrease in exposure to light can lead to decreased energy, depressed moods, and increase in appetite. The light therapy that Eyelights offers can alleviate many of these symptoms. People experiencing SAD may produce less melatonin and Serotonin which can lead to a depressive state. Eyelights can cause the brain to release elevated levels of these chemicals causing many symptoms to pass.
“I recently purchased a pair of Eyelights for my 11 yr old son who was injured in an auto accident when he was 5. He suffered a severe TBI with brain swelling and a left frontal hematoma…Since using the glasses I noticed that he has improved in his gait pattern and is starting to use his right hand/arm more efficiently than before.” Jill T.
“Our son suffered a traumatic birth injury…he was quite developmentally delayed, and fully autistic at age 3. The impact of Eyelights has been enormous…he is in a mainstream first-grade class…and his ability to focus and regulate his behavior improves markedly with the Eyelights therapy.” Dr. Glen Zielinski
“At age 2, our son Patrick suffered severe neurological complications following resection of a malignant brain tumor…he experienced severe nausea, inhibiting his growth and leaving his bones fragile. 22 months later, our son is mainstreamed into a kindergarten class…is walking without orthotics and his language skills have improved.” Bob & Lynn Young
“I had a stroke nearly 3 years ago…was unconscious for nearly a month, and they did not expect me to live. Eyelights helped a great deal during my recovery therapy…my balance became more improved and I no longer need a cane to walk with.” Dr. John Stump
“I am 54 years old and have had MS for 20 years…I found that after wearing the glasses and having the lights blink for 45 seconds that something started happening…I was able to stand with both feet together, with arms crossed, while not falling backwards…I was able to look up without any dizziness or wavering.” Linda P.
“Dr. Wen Wu treated me one month ago with the glasses…I had an immediate response in bladder control…Since then, I’ve slept through the night relieved of frequent urination.” Vivian B.
“My son, age 7, was cured of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1999…he had regained full flexibility in his knees and other joints, but had not regained his normal gait with fluid movement when walking or running. After only 3 days of wearing the Eyelights, his gait became completely normal…after only 5 weeks of wearing the glasses, his vision had improved to 20/40 and depth perception was a perfect 40.” Rose H.
“My name is Mark Palmer and five months ago I was in a car accident which left me paralyzed from the waist down. My cord wasn’t completely severed, but I am considered a complete injury. My doctor has introduced me to Eyelights and I have been using them for only a few days, but already have seen visible progress. I just want to thank you for giving me a little hope of walking again.” Mark P.