Improve Vision with Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation
Patients who have undergone a course of electrical stimulation are divided into two groups, according how they improve vision:
|Responders – patients with positive dynamics in vision functions. This group includes no less than 60% of patients||Non-responders – patients in whom no or practically unnoted vision improvement was found 8 weeks after stimulation completion|
In Responder group positive dynamics of vision functions are assessed quantitatively. The significance how patients improve vision (degree of visual acuity, increase and extension of visual fields or decrease of their defects) influence the improvement of a patient’s’ quality of life. Conducted in 2011 study has revealed that therapeutic electrical stimulation facilitates vision restoration after unilateral, long-term optic nerve lesion, as assessed both by VF (improved detection ability) changes and improvements in some National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire subscales. Both were positively but low correlated, which suggests that factors other than visual field size also contribute to improved vision-related quality of life.
Therapeutic electrical stimulation improve vision stable
As a rule, vision improvement has a stable character and for 75% of responders it is preserved for a long period of time (up to several years). In part a patient’s vision health can return partially or completely to a baseline level. This is observed when the optic nerve disease or retina damage progresses (for example, glaucoma with instable intraocular pressure or new attacks of multiple sclerosis), although any stress can also have a negative effect on positive treatment results.
How this treatment works in particular cases:
Repeated course improve vision more significantly
Possible undesired effects or even side effects
Normally, (for more than 90% of patients), the sessions of electrical stimulations are tolerated well and without any notable undesired effects or painful sensations. For highly sensitive persons some types of skin reactions, such as moderate tingling, are felt but remain tolerable.
Some undesired effects like tiredness, weakness, a short-lived headache, and sleep disturbances have been observed, but rarely do they require any therapy. Our approach is physiological and friendly for the brain, As with any therapy, close attention is paid to how an individual patient tolerates the course of treatment and necessary adjustments in the therapy are made, as needed. Side effects of therapeutic electrical stimulation may result when a patient has existing contraindications. If such contraindications were excluded – there is no risk of adverse effects on vision or any other functions.
|If you are interested in becoming a patient of the Centre For Vision Restoration, please take time to read the details on how your specific case and your eyesight problems are taken into consideration before we accept you as a patient.|
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