Full Spectrum Light Therapy is used for Seasonal Affective Disorder and helps provide you with the natural full spectrum of sunlight that humans require.
Check the bottom of this page for information on insurance reimbursement.
Full Spectrum Lights are specially made lights that mimic the full spectrum and intensity of sunlight. It is well known that the human body requires the sun's light spectrum. Without this the body will degenerate over time. Depression, Vitamin D deficiencies and other problems will result. When sunlight enters the eye, it stimulates the pituitary gland which then, it is believed, creates certain compounds that stimulate or balance the body via the brain. A full spectrum light will help or eliminate most if not all sunlight deficiency problems.
What is SAD?
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some common symptoms are anxiety, depression, hypersomnia, fatigue, weight gain and carb cravings. Women from 20 to 40 are most at risk (1993, Rosenthal). The first controlled light therapy study for SAD came out in 1984 and SAD was listed by the American Psychiatric Association as an official clinical malady in 1987. A number of studies have been completed since then.
Every year, approximately 6% of northern populations deal with SAD and 14% get a milder form called the winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder can happen any time of year in any part of the world though the ratio of cases in northern climates compared to the tropics is 10-1.
Light boxes have been used to lessen Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms in 60-80% of SAD patients (Lam, 1999). Exposure to light at a 10,000 lux intensity for a half hour were found to be better and more effective than several hours of exposure to a 2,500 lux intensity (Terman, et al, 1990).
All Full Spectrum lights Promolife sells emit approximately 1.5% of the UV spectrum. Only these lamps can say that. All other competitors' lights contain 0% UV. The UV spectrum is necessary for the bulb to be considered Full Spectrum. This small amount is not enough to present any harm.
Most insurance companies now reimburse or authorise purchases of light therapy equipment for use in combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder. We can not guarantee what a company will do; we recommend checking with your individual carrier to see what they allow. In order to file a claim and improve your chances, you will need to send the following to your insurance carrier:
Your invoice from Promolife for the lamp.
A letter of medical necessity from your physician.
A cover letter of your own to the insurance carrier that includes all your policy information as well as the proper codes for light therapy: HCPCS Code E0203; CPT Code 96900 or 90899.