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'''Light therapy''' or phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, usually controlled with various devices. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and, in some cases, at a specific time of day.
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'''Light therapy''' or phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full spectrum light, usually controlled with various devices. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and, in some cases, at a specific time of day.
  
 
Common use of the term is associated with the treatment of skin disorders (chiefly psoriasis), [[sleep disorder]] and some psychiatric disorders. Light therapy which strikes the retina of the eyes is used to treat [[circadian rhythm]] disorders such as [[delayed sleep phase syndrome]] and can also be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, with some support for its use also with non-seasonal psychiatric disorders.
 
Common use of the term is associated with the treatment of skin disorders (chiefly psoriasis), [[sleep disorder]] and some psychiatric disorders. Light therapy which strikes the retina of the eyes is used to treat [[circadian rhythm]] disorders such as [[delayed sleep phase syndrome]] and can also be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, with some support for its use also with non-seasonal psychiatric disorders.

Latest revision as of 18:22, 21 June 2020

Light therapy or phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, light-emitting diodes, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full spectrum light, usually controlled with various devices. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and, in some cases, at a specific time of day.

Common use of the term is associated with the treatment of skin disorders (chiefly psoriasis), sleep disorder and some psychiatric disorders. Light therapy which strikes the retina of the eyes is used to treat circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome and can also be used to treat seasonal affective disorder, with some support for its use also with non-seasonal psychiatric disorders.