A New Treatment For Glaucoma Sufferers

Article Written and Posted by Brulimar - 12th July 2016

Glaucoma currently has no cure and, according to the World Health Organisation, is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. However, thanks to a team of German researchers, sufferers now have the opportunity to improve their eyesight and quality of life through the use of a new treatment involving electrical currents.

At the moment, glaucoma sufferers only have access to treatments that can prevent future blindness, however this treatment is the first capable of reversing damage and restoring vision.

The technique for the new procedure is known as alternating current stimulation which works by attaching four electrodes around each of the patient’s eyes. The electrical currents are then applied for approximately 50 minutes, travelling directly to the patient’s brain to better decipher the information travelling down to the damaged optic nerve.

For the study, the team of researchers, all from the Magdeburg University in Germany, carried out the study on 82 patients in total, 45 of whom underwent the treatment for ten days. Afterwards, results proved that their vision had improved by 24% with many patients regaining the ability to walk unassisted, view distant objects and read small writing.

Lead researcher of the study, Dr Bernhard Sabel, revealed that the technique was so successful and should be routinely offered by hospitals as a result. He then went on to say, “This is the first ever large-scale multi-centre clinical trial in the field of non-invasive brain modulation using electric currents and suggests that visual fields can be improved in a clinically meaningful way.”

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