New Treatment Means Eyesight Can Be Restored In Some Types Of Blindness

Hope for glaucoma patients.

Sophie Gallagher Life Writer at The Huffington Post UK
Vision loss that was previously considered irreversible can actually be partially reversed and patients given “significant vision improvement” according to new research.
Three German clinical centres – the University of Gottingen, Charite Berlin and University of Magdeburg – published the findings (which have been translated by Science Daily) that show alternating current stimulation (ACS) treatment can help with glaucoma and optic nerve damage.
And not just short term.
The clinical trials involved 82 partially blind patients who had a variety of visual deficit problems. These were induced by glaucoma, inflammation, optic nerve compression (due to tumors) congenital anomalies or hereditary optic neuropathy.
The test involved 50 minutes a day over a two-week-period of applying electrodes to the skin (near the eyes) and administering currents.
No participants reported experiencing any discomfort during the process but some mild headaches and temporary dizziness did occur in some cases post-treatment.
Bernhard Sabel, PhD at the Institute of Medical Psychology said: “ACS treatment is a safe and effective means to partially restore vision after optic nerve damage.”………
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/new-treatment-partial-blindness-glaucoma-optic-nerve-damage_uk_57752896e4b0b9c0dc08c468
Source: Huffington Post
 

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