Light therapy falls into the category of mild and non-invasive medicines. It is therefore rarely argued against. However, some cases exist where it is preferable to not carry out a light therapy treatment without a medical opinion. Here they are:
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular degeneration
However, it is necessary to keep in mind that the medical field lacks clinical data to establish definitively that this pertains to a real counter-argument and which rather requires caution regarding light therapy treatment. If you are concerned by one of the pathologies listed above, we recommend in any case to seek a medical opinion before thinking about light therapy.
If you are concerned by a psychiatric condition (depression, hysteria, neurosis and psychosis), it is recommended to consult a doctor before using the appliance.
Precaution to take
It is also not advisable to use the Luminette® whilst driving a vehicle, or using maquinery requiring concentration or a wild field of vision.10
Luminette can also be worn over contact lenses or corrective glasses. For optimal results, the nose bracket of the Luminette should be placed behind corrective glasses. Note that it is not recommended to use Luminette with sun glasses or any color-filtering glasses.
Side effects of light therapy
Devoid of infrareds and ultra-violets, light therapy has few side effects on those who practice it. However, certain unwanted effects may occur and an adjustment in treatment becomes necessary. In certain cases, stopping therapy may be preferable.
The most common side effects are:
- Eye tiredness
- Eye dryness
These effects are often lightly felt and occur primarily in the first few days of treatment. They are the result of the brain having to manage a large amount of light than usual and it needs time to adapt.
Here are some steps to take to avoid, reduce or alleviate these unwanted effects:
- Always use the device in a well-lit room.
- Reduce the light intensity or move away from the device if these reactions occur.
- Do not use the device for a few days while the reactions disappear, then try again.
If despite these steps, the side effects are still felt, it is possible that light therapy is not for you and it is preferable to stop the therapy.