Has anyone ever used Eyelights as a treatment for PD?
I came across this article today - while researching the link between stooped posture and PD because my dad is having dreadful problems with stooping.
Its quite interesting and I wonder if it helps explain the connection between PD and the stooping which so often occurs? Do any of you also have problems with your vision, perhaps in one eye?
I would be interested in your thoughts.
Just to add apparently the eyelights increase dopamine production, and that lack of dopamine causes weak muscles
Very interesting...but what are they?
Who sells them and at what price?
What does PDUK think about the article?
thanks for the reply goldengirl, good questions, I've no idea where to get them. It seems the flashing lights somehow excites receptors which then fire to the brain stem in 3 areas and one of these areas stimulate cells into producing dopamine - this is via the retina.
I found it very interesting
It seems to also explain what causes scoliosis - i.e stooping/curving of the spine - this is because the lack of dopamine means weak medial rectus muscles which then causes weakness along the spine, and the spine curves
I hope im understanding the information in the article correctly
Hi Golden Girl,
I've passed the article on to our research team. Someone will get back to you.
Thanks Alethea - im very curious to find out more
managed to find this....at least we now know they are glasses but not how to buy them!
Seems to be an American site.
We have never come across 'eyelights' before so thanks for highlighting Pomegranate.
I've just had a quick look to see whether there has been any research in this area and I couldn't find anything, and neither of the websites posted above contain links or references to any research studies.
This means we can't really make any comment on the claims made on these websites.
We do know that eyesight can be affected in Parkinson's and this recent paper (which is also free to access) published in the journal 'Brain' gives a useful overview:
I hope this is helpful,
Parkinson's UK research team